Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Jakub Sedzinski

Associate Professor Jakub Sedzinski is an interdisciplinary researcher studying the development and regeneration of respiratory tissues with the aim to develop therapies that cure respiratory diseases.

Associate professor Jakub Sedzinski from the Novo Nordisk Foundation for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW
Associate Professor
Jakub Sedzinski
Location: UCPH, Denmark

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Associate Professor Jakub Sedzinski and his team focus on understanding the cellular mechanics of respiratory tissues – also known as mucociliary epithelia. They in particular aim to determine the mechanics behind the formation and renewal of mucociliary epithelial cells, as well as their molecular regulation. For this, they use high-resolution microscopy to image dynamics of cells during respiratory tissue formation and renewal.

Associate Professor Sedzinski and his team have also developed a novel animal model system that facilitates the rapid testing of hypothesis and the analysis of different gene functions in respiratory tissues. They collaborate with clinicians, geneticists, computational scientists, mathematicians, and bioengineers to construct robust experimental design.

Associate Professor Sedzinski works within reNEW’s EXPLORE theme where he focuses on understanding the molecular and mechanical mechanisms behind the formation and renewal of respiratory tissues. He has a cross-disciplinary background in biology, biophysics, and computational biology. After undergraduate studies in molecular biology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, he completed a PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden.

Associate Professor Sedzinski then received a fellowship from European Molecular Biology Organization to carry out research at the University of Texas, Austin. Here, he continued his training in mechanics and regulation of cell shape, but in the context of developing embryos.

reNEW researchers have a strong track record of scientific excellence in stem cell biology

They have performed pioneering work in stem cell research spanning different tissue and cell types, different technological advances and different stages of applied research. This provides an unprecedented international opportunity to utilise the combined wealth of knowledge, complementary skills sets and clinical experience across reNEW to push stem cell discoveries toward translational outcomes.