Ms Laurien van de Weijer
Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)
I am a motivated researcher still in the early stage of my career. I have a strong background in cell and molecular biology. I am skilled in a variety of laboratory techniques relating to cell culture, including 3D spheroid and organoid culture of primary cells and cell lines. What I enjoy most about research is the excitement of being part of an adventure that constantly provides new challenges, new ideas and new possibilities.
I am a PhD student working within Professor Oliver Hanemann's Brain Tumour Research group at Plymouth's BTR Centre of Excellence. My work is focused on developing a methodology to create 3D cell cultures for meningiomas, the most common intracranial brain tumour. The development of such a model, something that is already widely used in studying other, better-funded, types of cancer, will allow for more accurate results when studying meningiomas. 3D cell culture allows cells to more closely mimic physiological and diseased states, proving a more physiologically relevant context for in-vitro experiments.