Having completed my PhD in October 2013 (yay!), I have since moved to Calgary (Canada) to embark on the first postdoc of my academic career. My research is focused on improving skin grafting f0r severe burns patients, through the use of adult stem cells found in the hair follicle. The project is really exciting, as multidisciplinary as it gets and I’m so far really enjoying the work and the people I am working with. A lot of the project is in its starting blocks but I appear to have some sort of role in every part which is exciting! If you want to learn more, check out the Skin Regeneration Team – our website.
Part of this project is to disseminate information to the public – especially as much is funded by the local Firefighters. With that in view, we are collaborating with a unique team to create a series of videos (for adults and children) illustrating our research. These are cartoon style videos with voice-overs from the researchers and I had to do three the other day (apparently they like the British accent here!) including one which perfectly illustrates my exact project – very exciting!
They aren’t ready just yet but I thought I’d share three of the videos the team has already made for the Canadian stem cell research group – Stem Cell Network. These videos are called Stem Cell Short and they are great – very brief but clear explanations of what stem cells are and how they work. Look out for the next ones soon!