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Claire is a PhD student at the Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology working in the Green Lab on the cellular morphometrics of molar tooth development.
Her undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh encouraged her interest in developmental biology and she graduated with honours in Development, Regeneration and Stem Cells in 2018. During her studies she worked in the lab of Professor Fitzpatrick at The Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, using an organoid culture system to investigate morphogenesis during optic development. She continued this interest by working with Professor Sowden at the UCL Institute of Child Health, applying the same organoid culture system to human stem cells in attempts to grow photoreceptor cells for transplantation. This work stirred her interest in the application of developmental principles to regeneration for therapeutic application and the value of understanding developmental processes when working with organoid systems.