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

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!

Chee Ho Hng, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2020-

Chee is originally from Malaysia. He performed his PhD in the laboratory of Stan Gronthos (University of South Australia) studying mechanisms of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. He joined our lab in March 2020, right before the COVID lockdown. Despite this challenging start, he pushed through and is leading the project characterising the molecular and cellular mechanisms of catch-up growth. Chee is CIB in our Ideas grant APP2002084

Santiago Beltrán Díaz
Casual Research Assistant 2020-

As a UROP scholar in 2018-2019, Santiago developed the Basilisc script, to automatically measure bone length from micro-CT scans. He has now finished his double degree in engineering and biomed at Monash and is back at the lab to make Basilisc even better.

ALUMNI

Tamadher Al-Shaaili, BSc
Research in Action student 2018

Toma is currently studying Medicine at Monash.

Aditi Singh, MSc
Summer student 2018-2019
Brett J. Kagan, PhD
Research Fellow 2019

Current position: CSO of Cortical Labs.

Verónica Uribe, PhD
Research Fellow 2018-2019

Current position: Research Fellow in Kelly Smith's lab, at the University of Melbourne.

Thy Nguyen
Student of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 2019-2020
Emma Steijvers, BSc
Short-term intern 2019-2020
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Jinny Chang
Honours student 2020-2021
Nandita Suresh
Master student 2020-2021
Elizabeth Marquez Garcia
Master student 2020-2021