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Val obtained his BSc in Molecular Genetics (King’s College London) in 2013, where his research project focused on characterising oncogenes driving cancer cell transformation due to metabolic stress. Following that, he joined the lab of Professor Paul Sharpe where he begun his PhD in Genetics & Stem cell biology which was awarded in 2017 after having worked on epigenetics and transcriptomics and the effect chromatin landscapes have on driving perivascular stem cell differentiation and specification.

Presently, he is a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Prof. Paul Sharpe within the Centre for Craniofacial & Regenerative Biology (CCRB). Current research activities include reconstructing stem cell niches in silico using single cell RNA-seq technologies to model tissue architecture, identify stem cell populations and generate comprehensive transcriptome fingerprints and interactome maps of various cellular populations within tissues of interest.