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Modelling respiratory disease and cancer using human cells
July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr Rob Hynds will be talking on ‘Modelling respiratory disease and cancer using human lung stem cells capable of mature differentiation’.
During his PhD, Rob developed methods to isolate human airway epithelial cells from patient biopsy samples and grow them in the lab. He’s been using these techniques to develop patient-specific drug testing assays to improve the development of drugs for respiratory diseases and as a candidate source of cells for tracheal tissue engineering, where restoration of airway barrier function is important to restore normal lung function following transplantation. In 2016, Rob joined Professor Charles Swanton’s team at the Francis Crick Institute to investigate intratumor heterogeneity in primary cells derived from patients enrolled in the Tracking Cancer Evolution through Treatment (TRACERx) clinical trial.