Nikola completed her PhD supervised by Dr Kourosh Saeb-Parsy at the Department of Surgery and Prof Nigel KH Slater at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. The project aimed to optimise a new method for cryopreservation of haematopoietic stem cells and pancreatic islets for clinical transplantation using trehalose, membrane permeabilising biopolymers and antioxidants.
Nikola completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Charles University in Prague in 2015, focusing on immunogenicity of stem cells as the topic of her thesis. In 2014, she also worked with Dr. Saeb-Parsy as a part of Amgen Scholars Programme.
Currently, Nikola works as a Research Associate at the Saeb-Parsy group, focusing on modulation of splenocyte immune response using neurotransmitters as a prospective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Areas of expertise
haematopoietic stem cells, pancreatic islets, cryopreservation.