Gareth Sullivan - Group Leader
Gareth is a group leader within the Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research. He holds a PhD in molecular cell biology from the University of Dundee, Scotland and did his postdoc at the Centre of Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh. In addition he has over 8 years industrial experience working in both the toxicology and next generation sequencing fields. At the end of 2011 he established his own group at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital-National Hospital (Rikshospitalet). His research focuses on understanding what dictates cellular fate decisions and utilises induced pluripotent stem cells to dissect debilitating metabolic disease.
Rick Siller - Post Doctoral Scientist
Rick is an American by birth, but has spent much of his adult life in Europe. He pursued his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating in 2009 with a Major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. He then followed a lifelong dream and moved to England where he pursued a Masters of Research in Functional Genomics at the University of York. As part of his Masters training he became interested in pluripotent stem cell biology and spent one summer in Germany learning the process of cellular reprogramming and differentiation. Upon graduation from York with Distinction, he took up two posts as a research assistant in two groups at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine. During his time in Scotland Rick continued to work in the areas of cellular reprogramming as well as broadening his experience to include neuronal differentiation of pluripotent stem cells.
During his time pursuing his PhD in Oslo, Rick has begun to develop a novel, protein based platform for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells without the use of integration dependent retro- or lenti- viruses. He has also set up and established the in house generation of multiple iPS cell lines from various patients and control samples. Rick is very interested both in the practical applications of iPSC technology to model and study diseases, as well as the more fundamental questions regarding the maintenance and reestablishment of pluripotency during iPSC generation and the exit from pluripotency during the early events of cellular differentiation.
When he is not in the lab taking care of cells, Rick enjoys hiking and being outside, and is very passionate about all things Spanish. On weekends he has free, he sometimes finds the time to make his own home-brewed beer!
Santosh Mathapati - Post Doctoral Scientist
Santosh Mathapati received his Ph.D. and Masters degree in Biotechnology and Medical Biotechnology from IIT Madras, India respectively and a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from the Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai. He has diverse research experience in fields ranging from biomaterials science, tissue engineering, microfabrication and veterinary science. He is also continuing his research on developing 3D iPSC-derived human hepatic organoid for tissue engineering. He has a general interest in translational research related to the biomaterials science. His passions outside lab include traveling with family and friends, meeting people from different cultures, listening music, sports such as Chess, Football.