Avril Watson - Newcells

Retinal platform

An in vitro, light responsive, retinal model for accurate predictions of in vivo outcomes you can have confidence in.


Kidney platform

The most advanced near-physiological high throughput kidney proximal tubule cells (PTC) model to investigate drug transport modalities in vitro.

Lung epithelia model

Lung model

A model to investigate airway physiology, viral infection, drug safety and environmental impacts on lung airway epithelia.

Sinusoid iPSC-derived Liver model

Liver model

We are developing a model of liver sinusoid derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).

Avril Watson

PhD Scientist

B.A. Mod. Genetics and MSc. Immunology from Trinity College Dublin.

Irish gal currently doing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology with Prof. Majlinda Lako in Newcastle University. This is in partnership with Newcells Biotech and the MSCA ITN consortium StarT. My project aims to identify the missing inheritance in monoallelic Stargardt disease cases through retinal organoid modelling and long-read RNA sequencing.

I am passionate about retinal research and excited to be working in a field where many breakthroughs in drug discovery and gene therapy occur often.  I love that my research could one day help improve the life of patients living with blindness.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less” – Marie Curie

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