Alberto Roselló-Díez, PhD
Group Leader

Alberto received his PhD in molecular biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) for his work in the group of Dr Miguel Torres (National Center for Cardiovascular Research), where he studied the role of cell-autonomous and nonautonomous mechanisms in early limb development in chicken and mouse.

As a postdoctoral fellow in the Joyner laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA), Alberto developed mouse genetic models of unilateral insults, to study regulation of limb growth. These models led to the discovery that local and systemic mechanisms interact during the response to developmental insults, giving rise to a new holistic view of organ repair, where multiple tissues interact.

In 2017 he was appointed Junior Group Leader at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His current work is centred on understanding the short- and long-range communication mechanisms that regulate growth within and between organs, during vertebrate limb development and regeneration. The laboratory started operating in June 2018.

Beyond the lab, Alberto spends some time on Twitter and also running and reading/watching geeky stuff. He also likes discovering what Melbourne and Australia have to offer, together with his wife and toddler daughter (the latter really likes to increase entropy in Alberto's office, perhaps in retribution for not taking her straight back home after childcare...)

CURRENT MEMBERS

Elham Ahmadzadeh, BSc, MSc.
PhD student

Elham is a PhD student from Iran. She joined ARMI in February 2019 to start a PhD programme on Molecular, cellular and tissular mechanisms of bone catch-up growth.

Her Master's project was about the bacterial synthesis of nanobiomaterials and bone tissue engineering. In her thesis work, she pioneered a biological method for fabrication of bone graft for treatment of bone defects and applied this to increase Embryoid Body size and bone density. She also invented a biological method for coating of magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes.

In her PhD, she continues working on embryonic tissues. She is genetically manipulating bone growth at the growth plate and subsequently investigating the local compensatory responses. 

Santiago Beltrán Díaz
Student of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 

Santiago joins the Roselló-Díez group as a UROP scholar, he is currently in his fifth year of his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and materials engineering, at Monash University. Santiago is passionate, self-driven, and enthusiastic individual, who hopes to combine both disciplines of his degree to help bridge the gap between biomedicine and engineering. With his involvement in automatization of long bone measurements through imaging softwares, optimization of micromass cultures from embryonic mouse limbs, and tracking and modelling of cells behaviours, Santiago is confident he will be able to fulfil his aspirations by joining the group.

Outside the lab Santiago is actively involved in a range on activities; he enjoys being outdoors and keeping physically active, by being part of his local football team. He is also very fond of travelling, making the most out of the university breaks to explore different countries and their cultures. Further exploring his interest in biomedical engineering, he is the co-founder of a new medical technology society based at Monash, Monash Young Medical Innovators (MYMI), through which he hopes to increase awareness of opportunities in biomedical innovation for the community, improving the network between students, academia and the medtech industry.

 

Having previously completed a summer research scholarship at Melbourne’s Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), Santiago has a versatile background and hopes to continue to build on his skills and knowledge in biomedical engineering. With an interest in prosthetic and orthopaedics, Santiago believes joining the Roselló-Díez group, exploring cell interaction dynamics during long-bone catch up growth, will enrich him with experience and knowledge that will aid in his personal and professional development.

Xinli (Cindy) Qu
Lab manager

Cindy has been at Monash since February 2007 and joined the Roselló-Díez group in May 2018 looking for new challenges. Her background and skills cover from Engineering to Applied Science and Laboratory Technology. She pays great attention to detail and works very hard to keep the lab up and running. Mouse genotyping is crucial for our work, and Cindy is extremely good at this (Alberto calls her PCR Queen, to her dismay). But she also helps with other techniques, including histology, immunohistochemistry and cell culture. She has recently started to work in a new project to follow the lineage of progenitor cells and their potential contribution to bone growth.

Outside the lab, she likes travelling, shopping around and watching her daughter play tennis. She will be a champion some day!

Emma Steijvers
Short-term intern

Emma comes from the Netherlands for a 5-month internship in the lab, starting in September 2019. She will be studying the behaviour and interactions of candidate cell populations in response to developmental injury.

Thy Nguyen
Student of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 

Thy is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash. She joined the lab in July 2019 to study the role of the peripheral nervous system in inter-organ communication during adaptive growth regulation.

ALUMNI

Tamadher Al-Shaaili
Research in Action student

Toma is currently studying Medicine at Monash.

Aditi Singh, BSc
Summer student

Aditi is an international student from India. She is currently doing her Masters in Biotechnology at Monash University.

Brett J. Kagan, PhD
Research Fellow

Current position: CSO of Cortical Labs.

Verónica Uribe, PhD
Research Fellow

Current position: Research Fellow in Kelly Smith's lab, at PeterMac (Melbourne).