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The Science of Skin: Live Q&A with Dr Christina Philippeos

27 May Stem cells @ lunch 780 x 450 Part of Stem Cells @ Lunch

Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a scientist? Curious as to how they got to where they are and why? Want to know how they tackle research questions in the lab?

If so, the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine invites you to join us on our Instagram Stories to virtually meet our researchers & ask them your burning questions!

All you need to do is log in, watch our stories on @KCLStemCells, and submit your questions - We'll respond to as many as we can in the time slot, so get in there quick!

For this session of the series, you'll have 2 hours to ask Dr Christina Phillippeos all about her research on the skin!

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Christina Philippeos is a post-doctoral researcher in Fiona Watt’s laboratory at the King’s College London Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine. She is a cell-biologist and has worked in a variety of research fields in her career. Christina completed her BSc and BSc Honours in Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her Masters (MSc) project was part of the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI), contributing to the consortium developing a vaccine for HIV. She moved to the UK in 2008 and joined the Institute of Liver Studies at King’s College Hospital, where she helped develop a method to encapsulate donor liver cells (hepatocytes) for transplantation in paediatric patients. Christina obtained her PhD in cell biology from King’s College London in 2014, looking at the effects of insulin on the cells that line your blood vessels (endothelial cells).

Christina’s current research focuses on different types of fibroblasts found in human skin - the cells that make collagen. She is specifically interested in these cells in the context of therapeutic applications for wound repair, tissue regeneration and diseases characterised by excessive scar tissue (fibrosis). Christina is developing a fibroblast cell therapy for wound healing, resolving scar formation and as a potential treatment for various skin diseases.


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