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!

Student opportunity

We're looking for two exceptional students

We have been awarded an MRC-DiMen studentship to investigate choroid and photoreceptor cell death in age related macular degeneration. We have also been awarded a BBSRC-DTP studentship to investigate the role of DRAM2 on vesicular transfer in photoreceptors and RPE cells.

We are looking for two exceptional students to work with us on this exciting journey!

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Lako at


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

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