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18 June 2019

King's Wellcome PhD students publish a review on stem cell quiescence

PhD students from the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine have published a review article in Stem Cell Reports with Professor Fiona Watt.

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King’s Wellcome Trust ‘Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine’ PhD Programme Cohort 2018 students have pitched and published a review article in Stem Cell Reports with Professor Fiona Watt, Director of the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine.  

The programme selects six students each year to begin four years of training the next generation of researchers in regenerative medicine.

Since the PhD programme began, the students have written a review together with a senior academic during their first year whilst working on their rotation projects and deciding what project to carry on for their thesis work. This year, the review discusses recent advances uncovering intracellular signalling pathways, transcriptional changes, and extracellular cues within the stem cell niche that control induction and exit from quiescence in tissue stem cells.

The review topic, stem cell quiescence, was something I had never really thought about, so it was nice to see how it tied into the research I am interested in.

Inchul Cho, student and co-first author

As this is the now the third PhD cohort written review, it establishes that although this is a challenging experience for the students the lessons learnt and end product prove rewarding.

Congratulations to our Wellcome cohort of PhD students. I enjoyed working on the review immensely and learned a lot.

Professor Fiona Watt

Read the full review article here and listen to the students being interviewed about the experience here.