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  • Dmitry A. Ovchinnikov
    Dmitry A. OvchinnikovPhD, General Manager & Chief Scientific Officer

    Dmitry has a long record in molecular genetics, starting from some of the pioneering work on the mouse conditional genetics at the turn of the century, to more recent significant success with using the many forms of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to model normal development and disease in human pluripotent stem cells. In addition to that, Dmitry has a wealth of experience in generation and characterization of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines not only from humans cells, but also from many other mammals, including more exotic non-eutherian mammals. Using his expertise, the Core facility will be able to significantly expand the range of offered services, and augment the comprehensive iPS generation and characterisation-related services with extensive range of CRISPR/Cas9-enabled technologies. Those will include genome editing (including large deletion generation and seamless gene editing), as well as latest perivital technologies.

    • 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.