Hi there! My name is Caroline and I am the new Reviews Editor covering all things stem cells at Development. I come to you from the land down under, namely Australia, where I did my PhD on kidney development and stem cells in the lab of Prof Melissa Little at the University of Queensland. Shortly thereafter, I landed myself what I considered to be “the dream postdoc” studying lineage reprogramming and iPSC disease modelling in the lab of Prof Ihor Lemischka at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. USA. But fate was not finished with me yet, and now I find myself in Cambridge, UK, in the hallowed halls of the Development offices. Having moved continents three times in less than two years, I am definitely ready to settle!
I am really looking forward to bringing you the latest and greatest in all things stem cells and development. The stem cell field grows larger by the month but no matter how big it gets, its foundations will always be in development. The two are inextricably linked. In one sense, the stem cell field can be thought of as applied developmental biology, and this is certainly the case for stem cell therapies. But understanding the fundamental mechanism of how stem cells can give rise to an entire tissue or organism is as much an integral part of developmental biology as any other, and so deserves to be studied in its own right.
I can’t wait to hear more from everyone as my time here goes on. I’m really looking forward to meeting you at all at various conferences and getting your thoughts on stem cells in development! There are big things planned for stem cells in the journal this year so stay tuned!