Good News

Congratulations to all

Dr. Avril Watson and Dr. Rozalya Tsikandelova who completed their vivas successfully in November 2023 with minor corrections. Very well done!

Dr. Robert Atkinson who completed his viva successfully in March 2023. Very well done!

Marina Moya Molina who was awarded a travel scholarship to attend the RDM meeting in October 2023!

Student opportunity

We're looking for an exceptional student

We are looking for an exceptional and motivated PhD student to join our group in 2024 and work with our team in generation of retinal assembloids.

For enquiries please contact Prof. Lako at

Recently accepted new papers

A novel role for extracellular vesicles as disease messenger in AMD

A new paper demonstrating a novel role for extracellular vesicles as disease messenger in AMD has just been accepted by the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. Well done Marzena and team!

A second paper describing the incorporation of microglia like cells in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived retinal organoids has been accepted by the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Watch this space for the preprint!


Best Poster prize

Best Poster prize went to our talented final year PhD student, Robert Atkinson at the Newcastle University Bioscience Institute Postdoctoral Symposium

ARVO 2022

Presenting at ARVO 2022 in Denver

Well done to Maria Georgiou and Agata Rozanska for presenting our group’s work at ARVO 2022 in Denver!


A successful PhD defence

Congratulations to Maria Georgiou for a successful PhD defence.

Moving on

Good luck to Joseph

Dr. Joseph Collin has joined Astra Zeneca after 12 years of working in our group. We wish him well in his future endeavours in Sweden.

Impressive work

Lewy Body dementia

Impressive work done by our Dr. Marzena Kurzawa-Akanbi on the role of fats and proteins in Lewy Body dementia. Well done Marzena! New understanding of Lewy body dementia - Press Office - Newcastle University (

Best NUBI photo competition


Maria Georgiou from our group won the best NUBI photo competition event in 2021! Well done Maria!

Biosciences Institute

Newcastle University, International Centre for Life, Central Parkway, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3 BZ. United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 241 8688


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