Tom is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and leads the Regenerative Neuroscience Group’s stem cell research.
His background in tissue engineering and regeneration began in 2008 with a PhD in corneal development and tissue engineering at Cardiff University in Wales and Tohoku University Hospital in Japan. After completing his PhD, Tom returned to Japan to undertake a research position at Osaka University, working with cultured epithelial cell sheets prior to transplantation in the cornea. During this time, he developed a keen interest in cell culture and its applications in regenerative medicine.
In 2015 Tom moved to Sydney to join A/Prof Michael Valenzuela’s group, bringing his background in cell culture and tissue engineering to the field of neuroregenerative medicine. His current projects include the Skin-to-Neuron research programs in both canines and humans. This involves the production of CNS neurons from stem cell-like populations that reside in the skin. The long term goal of this project will be the production of an effective cell based therapeutic treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. As part of this work, Tom’s is involved in the Dogs+cells trial – a promising cell based therapy that aims to reverse Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (the canine equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease).