OUR TEAM

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Principal Investigator

FRANCESCO SAVERIO TEDESCO MD PhD FHEA MRCPCH
Professor of Neuromuscular Biology and Regenerative Medicine
UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Neurology
Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Group Leader
The Francis Crick Institute.                                                                              
London, UK

Dr. Tedesco is a clinician-scientist with a special interest in muscle regeneration. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery with honours at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy). He then continued his studies at San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Milan, Italy), where he obtained his PhD in 2010 studying novel gene and cell therapy strategies for muscular dystrophy. Before and during his PhD studies he was a visiting scientist at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) and afterwards he coupled post-doctoral research and clinical training between Italy (San Raffaele Hospital, Milan) and UK (UCL and UCL Hospitals). He received several awards and research grants, including an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and then a Clinical Lectureship in Paediatrics, the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy 2015 Young Investigator Award and, more recently, a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. He is one of the Leads of the recently established London Stem Cell Network.

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Sumitava DASTIDAR, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow

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Salma JALAL, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow

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Valentina M. LIONELLO, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow

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Eugenia CARRARO
Visiting PhD Student

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Moustafa KHEDR

PhD Student

Moustafa graduated from UCL with an MRes degree in Stem Cells and Developmental Biology, during which, he worked at Prof. Paolo De Coppi’s lab at the Great Ormond street Institute of Child Health on developing an ExtraCellular Matrix Derived Hydrogel derived from porcine intestines as a support for 3D organoid cultures. Prior to this, he was a research and teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo where he also obtained his BSc-Hons in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is currently working on modelling Duchenne muscular dystrophy using iPSC-derived 3D organoids with an MDUK-funded PhD studentship (second supervisor: Prof. Francesco Muntoni). Outside the lab, Moustafa is the Vice President of Apollo London Society and a Vice President at Innovation Forum.

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Daniel MOORE

PhD Student

Daniel graduated In Biochemistry from University College Cork (Ireland) with a year spent at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). During his undergraduate studies, he undertook projects to create a low-cost biosensor system to detect antibiotics in milk products and to create a series of reporter plasmids to measure IL-8 expression. He undertook an MRes Biosciences - Stem Cell and Developmental Biology in the Tedesco lab, where he has remained for his MDUK-funded PhD. Using patient-derived iPSC lines, he is examining skeletal muscle laminopathies and methods to model the disease in the laboratory.

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Tugce TORUN

PhD Student

Tugce is a PhD student in the Tedesco lab interested in identifying common phenotypes in DMD cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue using advanced in vitro models.

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SungWoo CHOI

PhD Student

SungWoo is a PhD student in the Tedesco lab. He was an undergraduate student enrolled in an integrated masters program, MSci Cell Biology at University College London.  He is currently looking at muscle stem cell migration in muscle cell therapy.

  

Noreen KHOKHAR

PhD Student

Noreen is a joint PhD student of the Tedesco and Zammit (King's College London) labs on the BBSRC LIDo programme and is interested in modelling nuclear envelope diseases using iPSC-derived progenitors. She carried out her undergraduate studies at the University of Westminster where she studied Molecular Biology and Genetics with honours. Noreen graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc in Human Molecular Genetics studying zebrafish haematopoiesis. 

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Yunsong (Cathy) JIANG

PhD Student

Yunsong (Cathy) graduated from University of British Columbia (Canada) with a BSc degree in Biochemistry in 2018. She then continued her studies at UCL and obtained a MSc in Biomedical Sciences. She is interested in disease modeling using patient-derived iPSC lines and in developing novel gene therapy approach using genome editing.

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POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS, RESEARCH ASSISTANTS & PHD STUDENTS

SARA BENEDETTI

Sara was a post-doctoral fellow in the Tedesco Lab working on multiple muscle gene and cell therapy projects. Afterwards she joined the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health as Lecturer in Gene Therapy.

MATTIA F. M. GERLI

Mattia was a PhD student in the Tedesco Lab working on hiPSC-derived myogenesis and cell fate modulation. Soon afterwards he joined the Ott Lab at Harvard University as post-doctoral fellow.

HIDETOSHI HOSHIYA

Hidetoshi was a post-doctoral fellow in the Tedesco Lab working on human artificial chromosome engineering. He then joined the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult as Transactions Manager for Asia.

SARA MARTINA MAFFIOLETTI

Sara was a PhD student in the Tedesco Lab working on hiPSC-derived myogenesis and muscle tissue engineering. She then joined the Ditadi Group at the San Raffaele Institute of Milan as an EMBO post-doctoral fellow.

LOUISE ANNE MOYLE

Louise was a post-doctoral fellow in the Tedesco Lab working on muscle stem cell fate modulation. She then moved to the Gilbert Lab at the University of Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow.

HEATHER STEELE-STALLARD

Heather was a BBSRC LIDo PhD student in the Tedesco Lab working on muscle disease modelling using hiPSCs. She then joined the University of Oxford for a post-grad medical degree (BM BCh).

STELLA-ORJONA TASO

Stella was a lab manager in the Tedesco Lab. After which she joined Dr. Carlo Sala Frigerio's Lab at the Dementia Research Institute, UCL working on single cell and spatial transcriptomics related to Alzheimer's disease. 

MARTINA RAGAZZI

Martina was the first research assistant and lab manager of the Tedesco lab. She had a key role in setting up the lab. She contributed to several projects of gene and cell therapy for muscular dystrophy with human reversibly immortalised or iPSC-derived myogenic cells. She then moved to MolMed in Italy to continue working on gene and cell therapies.

SHILPITA SARCAR

Shilpita was a post-doctoral fellow in the Tedesco Lab working on multiple muscle gene and cell therapy projects. Afterwards she joined MeiraGTx as a senior scientist working on developing novel gene therapies for ocular conditions .

ALEXANDER HENDERSON

Alex was a PhD student of the BBSRC iCASE programme, working on genomic stability in bioprocessing at UCL and GSK. His work resulted in a method that predicts CHO production stability reducing production timelines by >80% and lead to a patent application for GSK. 

GIULIA FERRARI

LUCA PINTON

Giulia completed an MDUK-funded PhD in the Tedesco lab combining Human Artificial Chromosomes, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and cell fate modulators to develop an enhanced gene and cell therapy approach to treat muscular dystrophies.

Luca was a BBSRC LIDo PhD student in the Tedesco (UCL) and Zammit (KCL) labs. He studies skeletal muscle laminopathies using padvanced models of human scheletal muscle with the ultimate goal of screening new candidate therapies. He was a Coordinator of the London Stem Cell Network as well as Business Development Director at Innovation Forum.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, MASTERS STUDENTS & VISITING MEMBERS

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