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Scientific mission at Tampere University: Elena Danielle

Scientific mission at Tampere University: Elena Danielle

Elena Danielle, an MSc postgraduate at the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Italy) recently returned from a short scientific mission with the Skottman group at Tampere University (Finland) to share knowledge on primary limbal stem cell (LSC) culture and characterization techniques. During her visit, different LSC cultivation approaches were tested and compared to identify ABCG2-positive cells in primary limbal stem cells cultures obtained from fresh human as well as porcine corneas. These are the first experiments of a future research collaboration aiming to understand LSC behaviour under different conditions and to select highly regenerative cells for more effective LSC transplantation in aniridia patients.

The picture shows Meri Vattulainen (front, PhD student at Skottman’s Lab), and Elena Danielle (behind) sharing knowledge on LSC culture and characterization.

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