Brno Ph.D. Talent

Tereza Souralová

Clinical-grade human embryonic stem cells: derivation and characterization

Lector: Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Irena Koutná, Ph.D.

Institution: Masaryk University, Faculty of Medicine

Field: Cell and Tissue Morphology


About the project

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have an ability to create every cell type in a human body, therefore they have a great potential for stem-cell-based replacement therapies. Our aim is to make at least 3 hESC lines in clinical-grade quality immediately applicable in pre-clinical trials focusing on curing severe diseases such as type I diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or ischemic heart disease. In addition to the establishment of hESC lines, we will also present optimized innovative procedures.


Why science?

In 10 years, I would like to be part of a research team that will develop new stem cell-based therapies, therefore directly help patients. At the same time, I would like to pass on my experience to students who would like to participate in such research.


What do I like most about Brno

What I like about Brno is that it is just big enough to find everything I need and small enough not to get lost. As a student city, it offers not only a lot of fun but also the possibility of interdisciplinary cooperation, which is crucial for scientists.