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University of Glasgow: Stem Cell Engineering for Regenerative Medicine

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Molecular Biosciences
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Our aim is to train a new generation of researchers with expertise in stem cell culture and engineering cellular microenvironments in the regenerative medicine space, to help fill the skills shortage in the industrial life sciences sector.

The UK and further afield hosts a rapidly growing regenerative medicine sector with major centres focused on production of cellular and acellular therapies and a growth of clinical trialling. Therefore, there is increasing demand for recruits with highly specialised regenerative medicine experience.

Receive expert teaching, from academics across both Life Sciences and Bioengineering disciplines, providing understanding on the concepts of stem cells and the translation aims, biophysics, scaffolds and tissues, ‘omic approaches to data handling, bioimaging and bioinformatics.

Learn lab skills, including cell culture and molecular biology, to allow you to complete a final semester research project.

Receive expert teaching, from academics across both Life Sciences and Bioengineering disciplines, providing understanding on the concepts of stem cells and the translation aims, biophysics, scaffolds and tissues, ‘omic approaches to data handling, bioimaging and bioinformatics. Learn lab skills, including cell culture and molecular biology, to allow you to complete a final semester research project. Watch our latest Ask Your Academic webinar to find out more about this programme.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • The MSc programme is run by our team within our centre for excellence, the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment, specialising in stem cell science and their potential within regenerative medicine.
  • Research project training will be delivered within our Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment (CeMi) under the supervision of world-leading researchers, including CeMi directors Professors Mathew Dalby and Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, alongside Professors Massimo Vassalli and Delphine Gourdon and Drs Catherine Berry, Mathis Riehle, Miguel Pineda, Marco Cantini, Monica Tsimbouri and Cristina Gonzalez.
  • Further focus will be on your ability to bioengineer 3D microenvironments to enable stem cell growth and differentiation, creating 3D models for Pharma and toxicology testing.
  • Work on an interdisciplinary project in your final semester, which will lie at the interface between bioengineering and life sciences.
  • Laboratory based projects will be carried out mainly within our new Advanced Research Centre at the University of Glasgow.
  • Learn to incorporate, microscopy, materials processing and cell culture under one roof.

Main Campus Location

This programme is undertaken at the Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

The MSc comprises 3 semesters; the first two involve several taught courses (via lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and seminars), whilst during the final semester students undertake a research project.

The taught elements of the course will train students in basic laboratory skills as well as concepts in stem cell science, cell engineering and microenvironments, equipping them to fulfil a relevant research project of their choice.

Core Courses:

  • BIOPHYSICS OF CELLS AND SYSTEMS M
  • [[[BIOL5201]]]
  • MOLECULAR RESEARCH SKILLS
  • RECOMBINANT PROTEIN EXPRESSION
  • SCAFFOLDS AND TISSUES M
  • STEM CELL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MICROENVIRONMENTS FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Optional Courses:

  • BIO-IMAGING FOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS
  • EMERGING VIRUSES
  • GENOME EDITING
  • INTRODUCTION TO NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING BIOINFORMATICS
  • OMIC ANALYSES FOR THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: FROM GENOMICS TO METABOLOMIC
  • TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALISATION OF BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH
  • THE CANCER MICROENVIRONMENT AND BIOMARKERS

Following completion, graduates will be equipped with the skills to progress with a career in stem cell engineering and regenerative medicine directly, through a variety of means such as:

  • Regulation (e.g. MHRA, SNBTS, CGTC)
  • Industry (e.g. regenerative medicine, pharma, toxicology)
  • Academia
  • Patenting and IP
  • Local government (governance and law)
  • Science writing
  • Further research training via a PhD

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University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 81st in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2023
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after graduation …
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