The Business of Bioengineering

Mike Magnussen is a final year PhD student at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health.

Mike’s focus over his studies has been to develop human tissue engineered models for heart development. The purpose of which is to overcome discrepancies between leading animal models such as mice and fish in favour of human models of tissue development. And to enhance global adoption of the three Rs; Reduction; of the number of animals used in research, Refinement; focusing on enhanced human focused modeling for the purpose of more accurate study of the human heart. Replacement; to develop methods which avoid or replace the use of animals.

Soon to embark on a post doc position at DanStem, based at the University of Copenhagen, Mike will continue his research in the field of stem cell biology and is here with his wife, Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen, to discuss The Business of Bioengeering.

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