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Lauren Jevons PhD Human Development and Health, first year, 2018

PhD student

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Application of a custom-built acoustofluidic perfusion bioreactor to model physiological differentiation of human embryonic stem cells and bioengineer neocartilage explants

Interdisciplinary research facilitates the crucial integration of complementary scientific fields to encourage innovative new research with the potential to make a significant difference to medical science.

I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Physiology and an MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing. I have always been fascinated by the mechanisms underlying ageing and my MRes really highlighted the global impact of ageing on the musculoskeletal system. As a result, I wanted to enter into a research field that looked at improving the treatment of age related musculoskeletal disease through regenerative medicine.

My project aims to use a multidisciplinary bioengineering approach to engineer cartilage from stem cells using an acoustofluidic bioreactor, for the treatment of osteoarthritis, the most prevalent joint disease amongst older adults. I hope that during my project I will learn new skills that would not be possible without the multidisciplinary approach and create a valuable network across different scientific disciplines that will benefit me throughout my research career.

 

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