Interview MDR Assistant Professor: Gisela Slaats
Who are you, what is your background and how did you get involved in MDR?
After having obtained my PhD degree in Utrecht, I have worked 6,5 years in Cologne as a Postdoc to study the molecular mechanisms of genetic kidney diseases. I look forward to apply my knowledge and expertise on chronic kidney disease in the field of regenerative medicine. For MDR, I will use organoid models and aim to contribute to regenerative medicine solutions for the clinic.
Tell us a little bit more about the research you are planning to do within MDR.
While humans and house mice develop kidney failure upon injury, the spiny mouse has a unique mechanism to repair kidney injury and prevent concomitant permanent kidney failure. My aim is to decipher the unique regenerative capacity by identifying the master switches which are repressed in humans and house mice by using tubuloids of spiny mice. The master switches can be targets in future regenerative medicine applications.
Who is your biggest example in science and why?
Marie Curie made huge contributions for cancer therapies and was a brave female scientist.
What do you do in your free time and how can we recognize the typical Marie?
In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends. Furthermore, I enjoy yoga and cooking/baking.