Bart Spee, PhD
Assistant professor Veterinary Medicine Utrecht University; Research coordinator Liver Regeneration
Dr. Spee has more than 15 years experience in Molecular Biology and Veterinary Medicine, and is (co)author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Following a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology on pathways of regeneration and fibrosis of canine liver diseases, he took up a position as post-doc at the department of pathology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, under guidance of prof. Tania Roskams. Here he used molecular tools and combined these with the vast tissue bank at the pathology department, resulting in an increased knowledge on the activation of the adult stem cell of the liver including its neoplastic offspring. After an internship at the Laboratory of Experimental Carcinogenesis (NIH, Bethesda, VS) with Dr. Thorgeirsson, were he worked on cholangiocarcinomas, he returned to Utrecht University as an assistant professor. Currently he is investigating the use of stem cells, ranging from adult stem cells (organoids) to mesenchymal stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) for functional recovery of liver diseases. One of the main focus points of the research is the transplantation of adult stem cells in a canine model for Wilsons disease and biofabrication of liver tissue using bioprinters.
Read more about the project Liver Regeneration here.