BME Ph.D. candidate paper published in PLOS ONE

Congratulations to BME Ph.D. candidate Michele Dill for her paper titled “Generation and Characterization of Two Immortalized Dermal Fibroblast Cell Lines from the Spiny Mouse (Acomys),” which was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

In her research, Michele generated the first two immortalized cell lines derived from the regenerative spiny mouse. These cell lines have received recognition and acceptance into the prestigious ATCC general collection and have been licensed by abm, ensuring global availability to researchers worldwide.

The spiny mouse, known for possessing the most extensive regenerative abilities among all known mammals, can heal from full-thickness skin wounds and injuries to multiple organs without any scarring. However, the limited presence of spiny mouse colonies in academic research institutions worldwide has posed a significant obstacle to the advancement of spiny mouse research.

With the advent of these immortalized cell lines, Michele’s work marks a pivotal moment in the field of regenerative medicine. By offering a tool to the scientific community, these cell lines will enhance accessibility to spiny mouse research and hold the potential to unveil groundbreaking discoveries, particularly in the realm of human tissue regeneration.

Michele’s research journey has been guided by the expertise of Dr. Chelsey Simmons in the Simmons Mechanobiology Lab and the support of Dr. Erika Moore in The Moore Lab.

PLOS ONE, an inclusive journal community committed to advancing science for the betterment of society both now and in the future, takes pride in accelerating scientific progress and promoting the value of rigorous research. They firmly believe that all scientifically robust studies deserve publication and should be made widely discoverable, easily accessible, and freely available to everyone.