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Merve Aksoz

MSc (Hons) BSc (Hons)

DPhil Student

  • WIMM Graduate Student Association- Social Secretary
  • WIMM Women in Science Committee- Representative of WIMM Students
  • Linacre college - Green Student ( Behavioral Change) & President of Green Society

I am a DPhil student in Nerlov lab since April 2017.  My work will explore human HSC (hHSC) heterogeneity with the aim of identifying gene signatures and surface markers that could allow hHSC subsets to be identified. 

The human hematopoietic stem cell is the basis for the most common stem cell-based therapy in clinical practice, namely bone marrow transplantation. However, hHSC remains poorly described, limiting our ability to evaluate the quality of donor cell preparations, including the number of reconstituting hHSCS they contain and their capacity to rapidly reconstitute the cell types (neutrophils, platelets) critical for patient recovery. 

Improved understanding of human hematopoietic stem cell biology will contribute to the treatment of both congenital and acquired blood disorders. In particular, better definition of hHSCs will facilitate efforts to genome edit hHSCs in congenital blood disorders, and improve donor selection for bone marrow transplantation

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