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Nationality: Australian
Research Project Title: Direct Lineage Reprogramming to generate pancreatic beta-like cells
Core Expertise: Mouse, Embryology, cell culture

Heather is a research assistant in the lab, working on direct reprogramming of human fibroblasts into pancreatic beta-like cells. She obtained a BSc in genetics and immunology from the Australian National University, where she subsequently worked on an ENU mutagenesis screen to identify novel mutations affecting gastrulation and organogenesis in mice.

Following this she moved to the University of Edinburgh and worked in a lab studying the ontogeny of haematopoietic stem cells. She then worked on a high-throughput mouse phenotyping pipeline for the Mouse Genetics Project at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.