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About: Kif Liakath-Ali

I am a PhD student at Darwin College, Cambridge University. I study mammalian skin in Professor Fiona Watt's lab, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, King's College London. "the Node" brings me here to share interesting Science things that I come across and see what others are upto.

Posts by Kif Liakath-Ali:

European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

Of non-existent black holes and pickled stem cells

Posted by on February 2nd, 2014

Physics and Biology were the media darlings last week. Earlier, one of my favorite physicists Professor Stephen Hawking claimed through his paper that there are no black holes! Well… later I realized he actually insist in calling it with different name, “Metastable bound states of the gravitational field”!!! I know I am not meant to[…]

Biologically Inspired Digital Designs

Posted by on June 13th, 2013

Birds in flight were an inspiration for Wright brothers to build aeroplane. Be it how Geckos scurry up walls or sub cellular trafficking of molecules, fundamental biological phenomena are always been a greater source of inspiration for new technological innovations. Recently, I came across two different articles in Nature and Science published almost during same[…]

A Taste of Stem Cells

Posted by on May 16th, 2013

Continuous supply of mature differentiated cells by adult stem cells is required in most of adult tissues especially those with rapid turnover rates. In recent years, using advanced cell biological methods, many studies have uncovered homeostatic mechanisms that are driven by specific tissue resident stem cells. Mammalian lingual epithelium (tongue) always had been a focus[…]

The Hydra Summer School – training future stem cell biologists at the frontier

Posted by on October 17th, 2012

Despite the fact that I write this meeting post after three weeks of the summer school, I feel as though I’m writing directly from the Hydra Island, the experience and memories are that fresh! I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the 8th European Summer School on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine[…]