Excited to see our new review entitled "The journey of cells through regeneration" is now online at Current Opinion in Cell Biology. This was a collaborative work with my colleague Tatiana Sandoval-Guzmán from the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden. What can cutting-edge regenerative therapies learn from examples of in vivo animal regeneration? We believe that the key is understanding the unique phases of regeneration and how cells experience them in space and time to rebuild lost structures.
This was really a lot of fun to write. In addition to all the great ideas that came up in the course of putting this together, creating the figures was a new and awesome experience. I drew the figures by hand with pencil/paper and then digitized them. Then Tatiana and I colored them digitally with watercolor brushes in Illustrator. I'm pretty proud of the result!
Be sure to check out other reviews in that issue of Current Opinion for some great topics in cell differentiation, regeneration, and disease!
Happy to announce that our group is launching with an awarded Discovery Grant from Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada! This grant will provide five years of funding to investigate how the regenerative blastema is organized to rebuild lost limb structures. Many thanks to U of T colleagues for their helpful feedback and the review panels and external reviewers for their work and comments!