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  • Dr Eva C Thoma
    Dr Eva C ThomaPhD, General Manager and Head of Research Team

    Eva Thoma completed her PhD Thesis at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in 2011. Her work focussed mainly on the directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells from fish and mouse by ectopic expression of key developmental genes. From 2011 to 2013, she worked as postdoctoral research fellow at the Stem Cell Platform at F.Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland. Her projects aimed at the application of human induced pluripotent stem cells for disease modelling and early drug discovery for various diseases such as metabolic or neurodegenerative disorders. She moved to Scientist position at Hoffmann-La Roche in 2014 where she established a translational in vitro models for non-human primates. For this purpose, she used monkey and human pluripotent stem cells to derive vascular cells, hepatocytes and neurons to assess drug metabolism, efficacy and safety.

    Results of her research have been published in high impact, peer-reviewed journals and led to the filing of several patents. She is an expert in stem cell biology, stem cell differentiation and the establishment and validation of cellular models and assays for disease modeling and drug discovery.

    • Dr Anna Michalska
      Dr Anna MichalskaManager, University of Melbourne Facility.
      • Set Yen Soo
        Set Yen SooResearch Assistant B.Sc. (Honours)

        Set Yen earned her Bachelor’s Degree, BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Microbiology from The University of Queensland. She next started working with human embryonic stem cells and their differentiation to cardiomyocytes, first at ES Cell International, and later at the prestigious Institute of Medical Biology of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. She then joined the StemCore facility in early 2009 and has played a critical role in establishing the StemCore iPS Services with Associate Professor Ernst Wolvetang from the AIBN, UQ. Today, Set Yen is responsible for managing the daily operations of the StemCore iPSC Service and her wealth of expertise in the area has been invaluable in the generation of numerous disease-specific iPS cell lines including the generation of genome-engineered iPSC lines using CRISPRs.

        • Katherine Lim
          Katherine LimTechnical Assistant, University of Melbourne Facility.