Fiona Rosaleen Passanha

PhD Student

Cadherins in stem cell differentiation.

Fiona Rosaleen Passanha moved to The Netherlands from India after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Manipal University. She specialized in imaging and diagnostics during her Master’s degree from the University of Twente (The Netherlands). Passionate about biology, her move to the low lands was a natural fit. In November 2016 she joined MERLN as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Vanessa LaPointe.

Today there is increasing awareness about the drawbacks of the 2D culture systems compared to 3D. Yet, there is no definitive answer as to why cells behave differently in these two settings. Fiona's research is about understanding the differences between cells in 2D and 3D, for which she is particularly interested in cells adhesion molecules called cadherins and their behavior during stem cell differentiation.  With cadherin biology, she hopes to achieve a deeper understanding of cells in a 3D environment.

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