Dr Juan Fons Romero
Juan obtained his degrees in Biology and in Biochemistry at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. He obtained his PhD in Angela Nieto’s Laboratory in the Institute of Neuroscience, Alicante, Spain. During his PhD, he focused on epithelial to mesenchymal transition during embryonic development, mainly during pronephros development.
He later joined Prof Abigail Tucker Laboratory in the Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology in 2014. Since then he has studied the developmental defects associated with human syndromes with hearing loss problems such as BOR, LADD and 22q11.2 deletion syndromes.
Specifically, his research is on cellular and molecular defects during external and middle ear development that leads to conductive hearing loss. In this same line, he also looks at the different type of cells that are implicated in the regeneration of the eardrum upon injury.
In addition, he supervises students in the Regenerative Dentistry MSc program undertaken in the centre. For this, he is researching the molecular mechanisms controlling dental pulp vascularization and its implications in tooth development.