Advisory Board

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Dusko Ilic obtained his MD degree and BSci in Molecular Biology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.  After obtaining a PhD degree at Tokyo University, Japan, he did postdoctoral work at the University of California in San Francisco. He held position of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco and Consultant at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco. Focus of his research was the regulation of cellular functions by extracellular matrix in physiological and pathological conditions.From 2005-2009, he worked as the Director of R&D at StemLifeLine, a California-licensed, state-of-the-art cell culture facility that followed cGTP for derivation and the long-term cryopreservation of the derived human embryonic stem cell lines.
At present, he works in the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. Focus of his current work are human stem cells in disease modeling, drug development, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.


MMM picMette Mogensen graduated from the University of Manchester with a B.Sc. in Genetics and Cell Biology in 1980 and also obtained her PhD from Manchester, UK in 1985. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews, UK before moving to University of Dundee, UK in 1997 as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer/ Research Fellow. In 2001 she moved to University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK where she is now a senior lecturer in Cell and Developmental Biology.
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Radovan Komel is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. He pioneered gene technology and initiated medical molecular genetics in Slovenia. As founder and head of the Medical Centre for Molecular Biology he is coordinating a national research programme “Functional Genomics and Biotechnology for Health”. He published more than 150 papers in reputed journals, and has supervised 65 PhD/MSc theses. He is President of Slovenian Society for Natural Sciences, editor of Proteus, a popular science journal, and a member of editorial board of Acta Chimica Slovenica. At present he is coordinating the elaboration of the Slovenian legislation concerning biomedicine and human genome.


1 Birgit Lane is currently Executive Director of the Institute of   Medical Biology, A*STAR, and Co-Executive Director (Scientific) of the Skin Research Institute of Singapore. Her BSc and PhD degrees are from University College London (Zoology). After postdoctoral studies in London and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (New York), she established her own group at ICRF (now CR UK) in London and later at ICRF Clare Hall Laboratories. In 1990 she moved to the University of Dundee, taking the Cox Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology in 1991. She joined A*STAR on an extended sabbatical in 2005, becoming Exec Director of the Centre for Medical Biology in 2006, which she led through its metamorphosis into the Institute of Medical Biology in 2007 as its founding Executive Director. Since 2013 she has jointly headed, together with Roy Chan, the Skin Research Institute of Singapore.

She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee, Adjunct Professor at Karolinska Institute Stockholm and the National University of Singapore, and Honorary Visiting Consultant at the National Skin Centre, Singapore.