I am currently in the second year of my PhD at Aziz’s lab. My broad research interests are in how regeneration takes place, in particular anterior-posterior axis establishment and the roles of cell cycle control in regeneration. My background is in Cell and Developmental Biology, which I specialised in during my Natural Sciences degree at the University of Cambridge. During this period, I briefly worked with Professor Jonathan Jones of the Sainsbury Laboratory, where I investigated the genetics of plant-pathogen interactions. I was also fortunate to perform my Part II project with Dr Torsten Krude, where I worked on the initiation of DNA replication. I continued my studies with an MRes degree in Stem Cell Biology at the University of Nottingham in Aziz’s lab. Here I investigated the roles of SmedHDAC in planarians, with the aim to both understand the function of this gene in regeneration and development in planarians. Currently I am becoming more interested in anterior and posterior polarity specification during regeneration. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, reading and learning new languages.
Robert A. Blassberg, Daniel A. Felix, Belen Tejada-Romero and A. Aziz Aboobaker. PBX/extradenticle is required to re-establish axial structures and polarity during planarian regeneration. 2013. Development and stem cells.doi: 10.1242/dev.082982.
Belen Tejada Romero, Deborah J Evans and A. Aziz Aboobaker. Chapter 13. FACS Analysis of the Planarian Stem Cell Compartment as a Tool to Understand Regenerative Mechanisms in Progenitor Cells, Methods and Protocols. Series: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 916. Mace, Kimberly A.; Braun, Kristin M. (Eds.). Humana.
Deborah J Evans, Suthira Owlarn, Belen Tejada Romero, Chen Chen and A. Aziz Aboobaker, 2011. Combining Classical And Molecular Approaches Elaborates On The Complexity Of Mechanisms Underpinning Anterior Regeneration. Plos One. 6(11), e27927
BA Hons Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
MRes in Stem Cell Biology, University of Nottingham
PhD University of Nottingham (current)