Brain Matters

The ‘Brain Matters’ temporary tattoo was designed for the Bayin lab group to represent their research as part of the Tattoo my Science project.

Brain Matters

To many people’s surprise the majority of the neurons of the brain is situated in a small structure called the cerebellum. To make things even cooler the cerebellum is one of the few places in the brain, which has a significant regenerative potential!

Unravelling this regenerative potential is a major research goal for the Bayin Lab. Take a tattoo and show the support for cerebellar research – careful, though, it might regrow if you try to get rid of it!

Bayin Lab Group

Molecular mechanisms that regulate stem cell behaviours and age-dependent regenerative mechanisms in the brain

Our lab is interested in answering two overarching questions:
1. What are the cellular and molecular mechanisms that enable regeneration in the neonates and inhibit in the adult?
2. Can we facilitate regeneration in the brain?

Using neonatal cerebellum as a paradigm, our goal is to answer fundamental questions about neural stem cells and their behaviours using:
1. Genetically-engineered mouse models
2. Single cell genomics
3. In vivo injury models and in vitro stem cell assays

Sumru Bayin colour portrait

Meet Sumru Bayin

Come inside the Wellcome/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, to meet Sumru Bayin and hear her describe her research on how the developing brain can regenerate after injury.

An illustration showing three friends chatting about a DNA tattoo the the person in the middle has

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