Karin Forsberg Nilsson – Neural stem cells
Stem cells are immature cells that build the individual during mammalian development, and contribute to maintaining and repairing our bodies throughout life. Our research group focuses on neural stem cells, which are the building blocks of our nervous system. We investigate how neural stem cells proliferate and differentiate and what factors governs these processes. This includes already known proteins as well as novel regulators of neural stem cells identified in the laboratory.
The study of neural stem cells increases our understanding of mammalian development and of stem cells in health and disease. It is of importance for neuro-oncology, since malignant brain tumours are believed to arise from immature neural cells acquiring mutations in growth regulatory pathways. Knowledge about neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation also gives a prospect for central nervous system repair. The research group conducts basic medical research, in collaboration with scientists and medical doctors from different research areas.