Dr Darius Widera is an Associate Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Reading. His lab is mainly interested in adult stem cells and their secretome, inflammatory signaling cascades in health and disease, and novel methods for clinical grade 3D-cultivation of human (stem) cells.
He graduated in Biochemistry (Witten/Herdecke University, Germany) and received his PhD in Neurobiochemistry from the Witten/Herdecke University (Germany) in 2007.
From 2013 to 2015 he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cell Biology, University of Bielefeld (Germany).
In February 2015, he was appointed Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Reading, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2019. Since May 2015, he also serves as a Visiting Professor at the Stavropol State Medical University (Russian Federation) and as an External Examiner for the MRes programme of in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Newcastle University.
He has published over 55 research manuscripts (h-index of 22) and has presented his research outcomes as invited talks at numerous international conferences in the UK, Germany, USA, Italy, Finland, San Marino, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, and China.
In addition, he serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Frontiers in Stem Cell Research, Stem Cells International and acts as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for major funding bodies including the BBSRC (UK), MRC (UK), the British Council (UK), DEBRA International (Austria), German Academic Exchange Service (Germany), National Medical Research Council (NMRC, Singapore), The Daphne Jackson Trust (United Kingdom), and renowned journals including Biomaterials, Langmuir, Stroke, and Stem Cells.