Nuria Oliva Vilarnau

Nuria Oliva Vilarnau

Research Assistant
Visiting address: Anna Steckséns gata 53, 17176 Stockholm
Postal address: K1 Molekylär medicin och kirurgi, K1 MMK Signaltransduktion, 171 76 Stockholm

About me

  • 2015-2017 - Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biomedicine, Lund University,
    2013-2014 - Erasmus Fellowship - University of Bergen, Norway.
    2010-2015 - Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biotechnology, Universitat
    Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.


  • The liver has an inherent power to regenerate after injury that is unseen in
    other organs in mammals. Such capacity is reflected when the liver is induced
    to regrow to its original size after removal of two-thirds of its mass (a
    procedure called partial hepatectomy). This repair process became the
    reference model used to understand the molecular underpinnings of tissue
    regeneration. My research is focused on studying the molecular mechanisms
    underlying liver regeneration taking advantage of a 3D culture system for
    primary human hepatocytes we recently developed in our lab. In this setup
    hepatocytes can be maintained for several weeks in culture and remain
    phenotypically stable, in a way that they faithfully mimic the human liver.
    My interest is to understand the role of different signalling cascades and
    their interplay in proliferative responses in hepatocytes, so that we can
    shed light into the mechanisms behind the liver's great plastic capability.


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  • Research Assistant, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 2024-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, 2023

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