Thomas is a French 2nd year PhD student at the UCL Institute of Child Health. He initially studied a Master of Pharmacy at UCL, and qualified as a pharmacist. However, his goal always has been to pursue scientific research. His PhD is in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering. Its objective is improving current artificial organ production technology, focusing on tissue vascularization. The final goal is to find a solution to organ transplant shortages with increased availability and no associated graft rejections.
His interests in translational medicine are mainly around the field of Biotechnology and finds it fascinating to be able to take advantage of the wonderful capabilities of the living to develop new medical technologies.
In his spare time, he enjoys discovering more about my scientific interests, listening to and playing music (he’s a singer and guitarist), going for a run or walk and meeting up with friends.
After graduating medical school in the Netherlands in 2019, Nina moved to London, where she is now a PhD student at the Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology Versus Arthritis at UCL, UCLH and GOSH. Her research focuses on how changes in the cholesterol metabolism influence B cells – the cells that produce the antibodies that make people with autoimmune diseases sick – in young people with autoimmune diseases, specifically juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE). Nina hopes to find out if we can influence the cholesterol metabolism to reduce inflammation in patients. This last bit is very important to her; as a doctor, Nina believes research should intend to improve patients’ lives!
Nina is a certified yoga teacher, and enjoys practicing yoga several times a week. She also likes spending time with loved ones, cooking, baking, and cold sunny days.