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Unnikrishnan Sivan

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cancer and Vascular Biology

My research career started as a junior research fellow in 2007, and subsequently (2009) got registered as a Ph.D. scholar. I have successfully completed my Ph.D. (2014) in stem cells and regenerative medicine from SCTIMST, Trivandrum.

My desire to study the in vivo stem cell biology led me to the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. As a postdoctoral fellow at Karolinska (2014-2018), I was exploring how a cancer-initiating (stem) cell exploits the standard homeostasis mechanisms and micro-niches, for the benefit of their survival and spatial organization during carcinogenesis.

Gradually I become more interested in understanding the role of stem cell niche in tissue regeneration, carcinogenesis, and metastasis, which brought me to Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, at the University of Oxford.