Dr Anai Gonzalez Cordero, Facility Manager and Principal Investigator of the Stem Cell Medicine Lab
Milan Fernando, Senior Research Assistant
Milan graduated in Biomedical Sciences in 2002 from University of Aberdeen. After working in Bryan Tuner’s group in University of Birmingham, characterising the chromosomal distribution of epigenetic markers, he joined the IPSC core facility in Ludovic Vallier’s lab in the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Cambridge. There he specialised in reprogramming fibroblasts and blood mononuclear cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) using retroviral and Sendai virus methods and developed a GMP differentiation protocol to produce hepatocytes from human stem cells. After Cambridge, Milan worked at UCL, Institute of Ophthalmology, in Robin Ali’s group where he established an episomal protocol to derive IPSCs from blood samples for disease modelling using retinal organoids.
In April 2019, Milan joined the Stem Cell Medicine group, at CMRI, to assist Dr Anai Gonzalez Cordero with the establishment of a Stem Cell & Organoid Facility. Our aim is to provide services to researchers that include the derivation of IPSCs and their differentiation into various human cell types of organoids.
When he’s not thinking about stem cells, Milan is usually thinking about food and enjoying the sunny weather of Sydney.
Scott Lee, Research Assistant
Scott received a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PgDipSci) in Physiology from University of Otago, New Zealand, where he investigated the effect of glucose on maturation of embryonic cardiomyocytes to neonatal cardiomyocytes. Following his PgDipSci, he received his MSc in Bioengineering where he studied tissue engineering of heart valve leaflets using biomaterials; polycaprolactone, Silk fibroin and Poly vinyl alcohol. After completing his studies, Scott joined Stem Cell and Organoid facility in 2019, where he supports to provide a range of custom iPSC services including organoid model systems and development of new therapeutic approaches. In his spare time, he likes to go boxing, play the Saxophone or explore food from different cultures.