We are delighted to welcome our recently appointed new track lecturers who will engage closely with our partners at the Zhejiang University in China. Their expertise and knowledge combined with their excitement for both research and teaching will be of great benefit for our Centre as well as the Deanery.
Sander van den Driesche completed a PhD degree in Developmental Biology at the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht University) in the Netherlands after which he moved to Edinburgh in 2006.
After working as a research technician in the lab of Prof Colin Duncan he started working as a postdoctoral research in the group of Prof Richard Sharpe at the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit before becoming a senior postdoctoral researcher in Prod Sharpe’s group at the Centre for Reproductive Health (University of Edinburgh) in 2011.
Sander is interested in male reproductive health and the origin of male reproductive disorders. He also has a huge interest in the development of the testis and its function.
Occasionally he will steer into the ovarian research as well. At the Centre for Integrative Physiology he will continue his research interests in male reproductive health and testis biology.
For the past ten years Nicola Romanò has been interested in the study of neuroendocrinology. He obtained his PhD in physiology in 2009 from the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he looked at the mechanisms of regulation of fertility.
He then moved for a first postdoc at the Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle, in Montpellier, France, where he studied the regulation of the lactotroph axis, which controls lactation and maternal behaviour.
In 2014 he moved to the University of Edinburgh, where he has studied the heterogeneity of signalling pathways in corticotrophs, the pituitary cells controlling stress.
His research focuses on how the brain controls the production of hormones from the pituitary gland. In particular how different patterns of signals from the brain can differentially affect intracellular processes in the pituitary.