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Regenerative Immunology

Leigh Group

Our Research

Injury results in a range of regenerative responses, varying from scarring to perfect regeneration. This is highly dependent on the tissues damaged and importantly the organism in which this damage occurred. We are focused on understanding why some species are able to regenerate complex structures, such as limbs, whereas others species (e.g. humans) are limited in their regenerative ability of such structures. We approach this question from an immunological perspective, trying to understand how the immune response in highly regenerative animals primes and produces a productive regenerative response.


  • To understand the function of immune cells in promoting and permitting regeneration
  • To develop tools to investigate immune and regenerative responses in a range of species


Immune cells rapidly respond to damage and are central in dictating whether a response results in a scar or regeneration. A detailed understanding of how regenerative outcomes are achieved in highly regenerative organisms will provide us with a framework of how to create pro-regenerative responses in humans. In particular, harnessing the immune system via immunomodulatory therapies will provide a means to control immune cells to promote regeneration.

List of team Leigh publications


Nicholas Leigh

Principal Investigator, Nicholas [dot] Leigh [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Nicholas[dot]Leigh[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Chimezie Umeano

PhD Student, Chimezie [dot] Umeano [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Chimezie[dot]Umeano[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Ugonna Chidiebere Okeke

Research Technician, ugonna_chidiebere [dot] okeke [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (ugonna_chidiebere[dot]okeke[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Ameneh Ghaffarinia

Postdoc, ameneh [dot] ghaffarinia [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (ameneh[dot]ghaffarinia[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Marlene Johanna Oesterle

PhD Student, marlene_johanna [dot] oesterle [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (marlene_johanna[dot]oesterle[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Josefin Johansson

Master's Student, jo8641jo-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se

Nikhilesh Vasanthakumar

Master's Student, ni2651va-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se (ni2651va-s[at]student[dot]lu[dot]se)

Lennart Rikk

Master's Student, le2641ri-s [at] student [dot] lu [dot] se (le2641ri-s[at]student[dot]lu[dot]se)

Sofia Rebull


Nick Leigh

Principal Investigator Nicholas Leigh
Principal Investigator Nicholas Leigh

Principal Investigator
PhD, Assistant University Lecturer
Lund Stem Cell Center
BMC A12, Lund University
221 84 Lund, Sweden

Phone: + 46 46 222
Mail:Nicholas [dot] Leigh [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Nicholas[dot]Leigh[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)


Profile in Lund University research portal