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Diverse Perspectives in Stem Cell Science

The "Diverse Perspectives in Stem Cell Science" series, curated by the DEI committee at Lund Stem Cell Center, highlights the varied stories and experiences of our members. Through these interviews, we aim to showcase the rich diversity within our community and inspire a more inclusive approach to scientific research.

Discover our stories:


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Malin Parmar

Malin Parmar is a Professor at Lund University, and group leader at Lund Stem Cell Center. In this interview, Malin shares her insights and perspective on challenges women and other underrepresented groups face in academia and strategies to cultivate a more inclusive stem cell science community.

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Chimezie Harrison Umeano

Meet Chimezie Harrison Umeano, a doctoral student at Lund University, exploring the intersection of regeneration and cancer biology. In this interview, he discusses his scientific work, the camaraderie in his lab, and the unique experiences that come with being an international student in the heart of Scandinavia.

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Raquel Garza

Raquel Garza is a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University with a background in computational neurobiology. In this interview, she reflects on her journey as a woman in science, highlights what academic institutions can do to support international talent and offers guidance for aspiring students interested in pursuing a science-related career abroad.

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Niklas Engström

Niklas Engström, laboratory engineer in the Molecular Physiology and Molecular Evolution research groups at Lund Stem Cell Center, shares his journey through science, his experiences in academia, and offers some food for thought when working within an international laboratory environment in this interview.

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Isabel Hildago

Isabel Hidalgo is a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University's Lund Stem Cell Center, focusing on blood and immune research. In this interview, Isabel opens up about her experiences with imposter syndrome and advocates for a nurturing academic space that embraces diversity and fosters a sense of belonging for all.

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Sandeep Gopal

In this interview, Sandeep Gopal, research group leader at Lund Stem Cell Center, shares how his journey through science has taken him across the globe and reflects on the insights he has gained from working in various laboratory settings with diverse teams along the way.

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Emanuela Monni

Emanuela Moni

Emanuela Monni, the director of the Imaging Facility at the Lund Stem Cell Center, has had an impressive 15-year career in academic research. In this interview, Emanuela takes us back to where it all began and shares how the pillars of inclusivity and teamwork in research have been instrumental in her growth and success as a scientist. 

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Daniel Twohig

Daniel Twohig is a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University investigating the development of cell-based therapies for stroke recovery. In this interview, Daniel shares the challenges and rewards of embracing a scientific career later in life.

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Sofie Mohlin and Nicholas Leigh

Sofie Mohlin and Nicholas Leigh, Associate Professors at Lund University and co-chairs of the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee at Lund Stem Cell Center. In this interivew, they discuss their unique paths into academic research, the challenges they have encountered along the way, and their aspirations for fostering a more diverse and inclusive scientific community.

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