Disputation Zelong Dou

The Role of the Microenvironment in Growth Plate and Articular Chondrocyte Differentiation

THESIS FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE (Ph.D.)

The thesis will be defended in public on Friday the 12th of November 2021, 9:00 a.m.

at Rolf Luft Auditorium, Karolinska University Hospital, L1:00 By Zelong Dou

Principal Supervisor: Ola Nilsson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden Department of Medical Sciences Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Division of Paediatric Endocrinology

Co-supervisor(s): Marta Baroncelli, Ph.D. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Division of Paediatric Endocrinology

Ellie Landman, Ph.D. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Division of Paediatric Endocrinology

Maria Eriksson, Ph.D., Professor Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Biosciencies and Nutrition

Opponent: Andrea Vortkamp, Ph.D. Professor University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany Department of Medical Biotechnology

Examination Board: Sara Windahl, Ph.D., Associate Professor Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Laboratory Medicine Division of Pathology

Andrei Chagin, Ph.D., Associate Professor Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Anders Lindahl, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden Department of Laboratory Medicine