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New associate Professor: Simona Chera

We wish Simona Chera welcome to the KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research. Simona joined node 6 - group for stem cell research in March.

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Simona defended her PhD in biology at the University of Geneva in 2008 in the laboratory of Prof. Brigitte Galliot where she worked with the genetic control mechanisms of cellular remodeling in Hydra. Since then she has been a postdoctoral fellow at Prof. Pedro Herrera's laboratory at the University of Geneva. During this period she worked with pancreatic beta cell regeneration and cell plasticity. She has been a key co-author of two papers in Nature related to conversion (transdifferentiation) of alpha cells to insulin-producing beta cells and delta cells into insulin producing cells.

She is now working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine K2, UoB. She recently received the 5 million Danish kroner in funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation of Excellence Project 2015 and the same amount in funding from the Norwegian Research council.

Simona is working with the characterization of human induced pluripotent stem cells and pancreatic cells that are derived from these.