Centre for Regenerative Medicine

CRM students

Student profiles.

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Thesis title Email Research Interests
Aaron Alonso Torrens Is anterior-posterior identity of neurons important in development and regeneration? A.Alonso-Torrens@sms.ed.ac.uk

Val Wilson research group

Graham Anderson The Role of Ultraviolet Radiation in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Onset and Pathogenesis – an In Vitro Study s1139761@ed.ac.uk

Pierre Bagnaninichi research group

Eric Antunes Identification of the cell of origin in MLLAF9 - associated infant leukaemia e.antunes@ed.ac.uk

Katrin Ottersbach Research Group

Sunniva Bøstrand Oligodendroglial Dysfunction in Huntington's Disease sunniva.bostrand@ed.ac.uk

Anna Williams Research Group

Azzurra De Pace Regulatory RNA and the immortal lineage azzurral.depace@ed.ac.uk

Donal O'Carroll research group

Marisa da Fonseca Ferreira The influence of cholangiocyte senescence and its senescence-associated secretory phenotype on hepatocyte to cholangiocyte differentiation marisa.ferreira@ed.ac.uk

Marisa's PhD is focused on the influence of cholangiocyte senescence and its senescence-associated secretory phenotype on hepatocyte to cholangiocyte differentiation.

Marisa is also interested in all aspects of canine and feline internal medicine, although particularly enjoys liver diseases, immune-mediated diseases, vector-borne diseases and interventional radiology and endoscopy.


Publications detailed in section below.


  • Ferreira, M. F., Salavati Schmitz, S., Schoenebeck, J. J., Clements, D. N., Campbell, S. M., Gaylor, D. E., Mellanby, R. J., Gow, A. G., Salavati, M. (2019). Lactulose drives a reversible reduction and qualitative modulation of the faecal microbiota diversity in healthy dogs. In: ECVIM-CA (European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals) 29th Annual Congress, Milan, Italy, 19-21 September (oral communication)
  • Ferreira, M. F., Mellanby, R. J., Gow, A. G. (2018). Serum melatonin concentrations in dogs with congenital portosystemic shunts, In: ECVIM-CA (European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals) 28th Annual Congress, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 6-8 September (oral communication)
  • Garcia, M., Ferreira, M., Gow, A. (2017). Determining the pH in canine urine: comparing visual and automated reading variability of urine dipstick analysis within a small animal teaching hospital. In: 27th ECVIM-CA (European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Companion Animals) Congress, St. Julian’s, Malta, 14-16 September (oral communication)
  • Ferreira, M., Aylor, A., Mellanby, R., Campbell, S., Gow, A. (2017). Whole blood manganese concentrations in anaemic dogs with inflammatory bowel disease or confirmed iron-deficiency anaemia. In: 60th Congress of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 6-9 (oral communication)
  • Ferreira, M., Breheny, C., Handel, I., Brown, A., Gow, A. (2017). Urine dipstick discordance between standard visual and automated methods, when performed within a small animal teaching hospital. In: 60th Congress of the BSAVA, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 6-9 (oral communication)
  • Piccinelli, C., Ferreira, M., Hoare, J.E., Longo, M., Taylor, C.S., Liuti, T., Bommer, N.X., Cazzini, P. (2016). Malakoplakia mimicking neoplasia in the urinary tract of an adult cat. In: 2016 American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Concurrent Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States of America, December 3-7 (oral communication)
  • Ferreira, M., Thomas, E. K., Walton, J. E. (2014). Frequency of crossmatch incompatibility between canine blood donors and recipients. In: 57th Congress of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 3-6 (oral communication)
  • Pomba, C., Delgado, M., Ferreira, M. F., Gomes Pereira, S., Coelho Baptista, B. & Duarte Correia, J.H. (2009). Etiology of canine and feline lower urinary tract infections and surveillance study of antimicrobial resistance in Lisbon, Portugal. In: 19th ECVIM-CA Congress, Porto, Portugal, September 8-10 (poster)
  • Marques, C., Gomes, J., Ferreira, M., Costa, M., Serra, P., Duarte Correia, J. H. & Pomba, C. (2009). Prevalence of feline blood types in the Lisbon region of Portugal. In: 19th ECVIM-CA Congress, Porto, Portugal, September 8-10 (poster)
Matthew French Direct cell-cell communication mediating cell fate decisions in NMPs m.a.french@sms.ed.ac.uk

Sally Lowell research group

Katharine Furlong s1773235@sms.ed.ac.uk

Abdenour Soufi Research Group

Asier Galarza Torre Non-coding RNA and the immortal lineage asier.galarza@ed.ac.uk

Abdenour Soufi research group

Sophie Glendinning Investigating the relationship between LRRK2 kinase activity and a-synuclein pathology s.glendinning-3@sms.ed.ac.uk

Tilo Kunath research group

Adelle Greene “Understanding Haematopoietic stem cell development through global single-cell gene expression analysis” A.Greene-1@sms.ed.ac.uk

Alexander Medvinsky Research Group

Abbie Guild Structural and functional analyses of Nanog and Sox2 in ESCs A.J.Guild@sms.ed.ac.uk

Ian Chambers research group

Madeleine Heep Exploring the mechanism and function of SPOCD1, a novel effector of piRNA-directed DNA methylation m.heep@sms.ed.ac.uk

Donal O'Carroll research group

Nina-Lydia Kazakou Understanding the role of different oligodendrocyte ‘states’ to successfully improve remyelination in multiple sclerosis s1241040@sms.ed.ac.uk

Anna Williams Research Group

Kay Kong s1311335@sms.ed.ac.uk
Gabriela Konieczny s1448979@sms.ed.ac.uk

Donal O'Carroll research group

Craig Leighton Investigating oligomerisation and post-translational modification of α-synuclein s1681074@sms.ed.ac.uk

Tilo Kunath research group

Alisha May Investigating the effect of the KLF1-E325K mutation on the macrophage compartment of the erythroid island niche a.may-1@sms.ed.ac.uk

Lesley Forrester research group

John McKendrick Adult Progenitors, Their Niche and Ageing s1773846@sms.ed.ac.uk

Elaine Emmerson research group

Ella Mercer The role of cholinergic signalling in regulating inflammation of the salivary glands following radiotherapy. ella.mercer@ed.ac.uk

Elaine Emmerson's research group

Leslie Nitsche The role of cell cycle exit in EHT and the haematopoietic niche l.nitsche@ed.ac.uk

Katrin Ottersbach research group

Tessa Procter How do dysfunctional endothelial cells in cerebral small vessel disease modulate surrounding oligodendroglia through secretion of heat shock protein 90 alpha?

Anna Williams research group

Karin Purshouse karin.purshouse@ed.ac.uk

Steve Pollard research group

Theresa Schoepp Non-coding RNA and the immortal lineage t.schoepp@sms.ed.ac.uk

Donal O'Carroll research group

Emma Shaw Investigating whether Human Embryonic stem cell derived Neuromesodermal progenitors require positional identity to produce spatially restricted progeny? e.s.shaw@sms.ed.ac.uk

Val Wilson research group

Foteini (Fenia) Tsouki Investigating the role of microglia in synaptic pathology in multiple sclerosis f.tsouki@ed.ac.uk

Anna Williams research group

Darren Wisniewski Can you point me in the right dimenson? : Polarity and cell fate s1668999@sms.ed.ac.uk

Sally Lowell research group