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Mr. Philipp Treskes, PhD

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Cologne
Conditional Culture of Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells for Cardiac Cell Therapy
Master of Science, University of Cologne
Impact of Calmodulin Mutations on Drosophila Melanogaster Hearing

Biography

I currently work as project manager responsible for the realization stage of a European FP7-funded multi-centre project titled ‘Development of a bioartificial liver therapy in acute liver failure’ (Jan 2013-May 2015). This project is concerned with the refinement and application of a bioartificial liver support (BAL) system for patients with acute liver failure in collaboration with experts of both the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (The Roslin Institute and Vet School, Clinical Toxicology, ITU and Hepatology Laboratory), the University of Amsterdam, and three biopharmaceutical companies [Biopredic (Rennes), PharmaCell (Maastricht), HepArt (Amsterdam)].

I was responsible for project set-up involving logistics, planning and implementation of the BAL pre-clinical study. This included the management and coordination of a team of more than 25 people, organising all national and international contact points for the pre-clinical safety assessment of this medical device; responsibilities ranging from meeting organisation to scheduling staff, planning, designing/ streamlining studies (drafting of guidelines, leaflets and protocols), liaising with analytical services, developing and validating unavailable laboratory methods, project troubleshooting; as well as data collection/ handling, analyses and curation for presentation, dissemination and publication.

Above this, my scientific involvement in the Hepatology Laboratory is broad, including basic research on 2D-3D culture and disease modelling of various hepatic cell lines, i.e. functional conditioning, assessment and optimization - for the development of high-throughput drug screening assays.

In the last year I extended my role significantly by taking over responsibilities for the conversion of our laboratory towards GCLP compliant standards; as well as the structural and administrative management of the laboratory including paperless management, process streamlining, output management, ‘Web 2.0’ awareness, facilitation of student support, raising the profile of our lab and improving public relations. These endeavours recently culminated in the definition and distribution of a uniform brand of our laboratory as the ‘HepLab’ and a personal award by the University of Edinburgh.

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