Student Takeovers

Christina and Vinothini

Hi everyone! We are Christina and Vinothini, two PhD students in Human Anatomy and Tissue Engineering based at the Paxton Lab. Our research involves designing and developing 3D in-vitro models of musculoskeletal tissues to understand what happens at the bone-tendon interface in the human body. We will be showing you what it’s like to study and live as a postgraduate in Edinburgh!

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Who we are:

  • My name is Christina Loukopoulou and I am a Human Anatomist by trade. I started my academic journey in Anatomy back in 2014 when I went on to study Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy) at the University of Aberdeen. Eager to consolidate and deepen my knowledge and training in anatomy, I decided to undertake an MSc in Human Anatomy at Edinburgh Medical School. I am currently a second-year PhD student in Human Anatomy and Tissue Engineering (based at the University of Edinburgh's Paxton Lab). If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message @chris.tina_lou or get in touch via Twitter @CLoukopoulou 
  • Hello everyone! I'm Vinothini, a PhD researcher at Paxton laboratory. My background is Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology. I've redirected my research focus towards tissue engineering to develop skills in state-of-the-art 3-dimensional cell culture. If you'd like to know more you can get in touch with me @v_i.n_o or follow our lab's profile: @paxton.lab.diaries 

What we do:

  • Christina's research revolves around building on the anatomical and clinical relevance of a novel tissue-engineered bone-tendon construct mimicking human bone-tendon tissues, which has been previously developed in the Paxton lab. Specifically, she is investigating in-vitro repair techniques for avulsion injuries of the flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) tendon from its insertion site at the base of the distal phalanx of the hand. More about Christina's Research
  • Vinothini's research involves designing and developing 3D in-vitro models of musculoskeletal tissues to understand what happens at the bone-tendon interface in the human body. I'm funded by the Principal's career development scholarship and Edinburgh global research scholarship. As a student of UoE, I have the privilege to use facilities like confocal microscopy, PCR, 3D bioprinter etc.

We look forward to sharing our day with you over the next 48h!


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