Saturday, May 31, 2008

*cough* dusty here

Almost half a year. Sheesh, I'm really getting caught up in my PhD and I'm damn enjoying it [1]. My actual project carries the fancy title «Towards retinal stem cell therapy - transplantation of photoreceptor precursor cells». In other terms this means in-vitro differentiation of adult stem cells into photoreceptor precursors and their transplantation into adult retina.

The foundations for my project were laid out in 2006, when my group published revolutionary findings [2]. Long story short, post-mitotic photoreceptor precursors from a defined ontogenetical state can link up with the existing neuronal circuits of the donor and improve vision in mouse models of retinal disease.

Okay, gotta go swimming now.

[1] Which is only partially thanks to being paid three-months in advance.
[2] MacLaren, et al. 2006, Nature 444, 203-207