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The University of Southampton
Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration

Early career researchers

The Centre aims to provide an exciting, stimulating and friendly environment for our early career researchers. We realise that our postdoctoral researchers and PhD students are the 'engine' of the cutting edge research we do. We aim to give them the best possible research and career opportunities, either in the academic or private sectors.


Jonathan Dawson completed his PhD at the Centre under Professor Oreffo in 2007. Since then he's been at work investigating stem cell based strategies for skeletal regeneration and repair. In particular he is pioneering the use of clay gels as a way of providing injectable environments to stimulate stem cells at a site of injury or disease.

"I am delighted to be engaged at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine with its considerable potential to provide new approaches to treat a wide spectrum of injuries and diseases. The centre provides a stimulating research environment that genuinely fosters collaboration across the traditional disciplinary boundaries."


 Emmajayne joined the CHDSCR in 2009. As a postdoctoral researcher, Emmajayne collaborated with colleagues at the University of Glasgow investigating the effect of nanotopography on adult skeletal stem cell differentiation. Having recently been awarded a Postdoctoral Career Track Fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine, Emmajayne is currently developing her independent research program in nanotopography-directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells.

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