Over the summer, Saumey Jain and Sebastian Buchmann have joined the Herland group as our newest PhD students. Saumey, who received his M.Sc. from KTH, is co-supervised by Prof. Frank Niklaus and will be working on nanopore sequencing. Sebastian, who graduated from the University of Basel, is co-supervised by Prof. Max Hamedi and will be working on organic electronic sensing and stimulation.
The KTH team spent two engaging & enjoyable days in Graz, Austria, at the European Organ-on-Chip conference.
Isabelle & Dimitris presented posters with their latest research results. Dimitris won one of four Travel Grants with his poster.
Thomas gave the Highlighted Presentation in the session on “Materials, analytics and in-line sensing”. His talk was awarded Best Paper at the closing ceremony.
Prof. Herland gives Keynote lecture
Our expansive review paper “Conjugated Polymers for Assessing and Controlling Biological Functions” was published in Advanced Materials today. The article will be part of an issue dedicated to Professor Olle Inganäs (Linköping University) on the occasion of his Professor Emeritus title. Together with A.L. Rutz and G.G. Malliaras at the University of Cambridge, we discuss the use of conjugated polymer materials in five biologically oriented research topics: electrophysiology, tissue engineering, drug release, biosensing, and molecular bioelectronics.
The Swedish Research Council (VR) awarded grants to 47 researchers at KTH, including 3.8 million SEK to Prof. Herland. She was interviewed for the occasion by the KTH press office (Swedish only).
The article “Barrier properties and transcriptome expression in human iPSC‐derived models of the blood–brain barrier” was published in Stem Cells today. The research illustrates how co‐culture of iPS-derived endothelial cells with pericytes, astrocytes and neurons promotes barrier formation on a functional and transcriptional level.
The article “A linked organ-on-chip model of the human neurovascular unit reveals the metabolic coupling of endothelial and neuronal cells” was published in Nature Neuroscience today. The research illustrates how fluidically linked Blood-Brain Barrier and Brain Organ Chips offer new methods for studying the effects of drugs and disease on the brain and its blood vessels.
Congratulations to our Postdoc Polyxeni Nikolakopoulou on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis at the Technische Universität Dresden!
Today, Simon Feillée joins the Herland group as our newest internship student. He is pursuing a degree at Mines Paristech in France, and for her internship project will be working with Isabelle and Thomas on the controlling the surface chemistry of a novel polymer for microfluidic device fabrication.
Congratulations to our Master’s thesis student Dimitri Wirjowerdojo on successfully defending his thesis “Evaluation of Hypoxia-induced Astrocytic Commitment of Neuroepithelial Stem Cells”.
The Wallenberg Foundation has published an article featuring Prof. Herland and her research (Swedish only).
Congratulations to our Master’s thesis student Vladimir Banovic on successfully defending his thesis “Real-Time Monitoring of Neurovascular Cells”.
Today, Eva Stronkman joins the Herland group as our newest ERASMUS+ internship student. She is pursuing a degree at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, and for her internship project will be working with Thomas on the novel device fabrication methods for brain on a chip devices.
Congratulations to our postdoc Thomas Winkler on being awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship by the European Commission for his work on “NeuroVU: Real-time Sensing in Microfluidic Models of the Neurovascular Unit”.
Today, Dimitri Wirjowerdojo joins the Herland group as our newest Master’s student. He is getting his degree in Molecular Techniques in Life Science, and for his thesis work will be working with Dimitrios on the evaluation of hypoxia-induced astrocytic commitment of neuroepithelial stem cells.
Today, Polyxenia Nikolakopoulou joins the Herland group as our newest Postdoctoral Fellow. She will be based at KI, working on human stem cell-derived microglia in models of neuro-inflammation.