Andrea first trained in Biotechnology at the University of Padova in 2003, before moving to the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan in 2006 to pursue a MSc in Medical and Cellular Biotechnology. After obtaining an MSc, in 2009 he joined the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a studentship to work with Prof. S. Chandran and Prof. Sir Ian Wilmut. During his PhD he created patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) platforms to study glial neuronal interactions in genetic forms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He then decided to expand his scientific horizons and to develop the skills necessary to improve the way in vitro modelling of neurodegeneration is performed with iPSC, and joined Prof. Molly Stevens lab at Imperial College in 2013. There he worked on establishing novel modelling platforms for neural circuits combining stem cell differentiation, tissue engineering and novel imaging approaches.
He was appointed a lectureship at King's College London in September 2017, and joined the division of Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics, where he has now established an independent group focused on neural circuit engineering (NCE).
Dylan grew up in Switzerland, where he carried out an apprenticeship as Automation Engineer before moving to England to complete his BSc Hons in Biology at the University of Kent. Following this, he obtained his PhD on 'Rapid Fluorescence Amplified Biofilm Detection' at the Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics Division in the Dental Institute at King's College London, where he has since been employed as a postdoc. His primary research interests and strengths lie in the development of new imaging approaches and technologies.
Dylan is currently working on the LIPS project