Patrizia Ferretti is Professor of Regenerative Biology at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK. She studied at Pisa University and at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy, prior to moving to the Max Planck Institute, Goettingen, Germany, and then to London, UK, initially as a postdoc and then as a group leader. At her current institution, she was Head of the Developmental Biology Unit from 1999 to 2014. Her long-standing scientific interest is in the mechanisms governing tissue regeneration within the context of normal and abnormal development of the nervous system and craniofacial structures. She has made a sustained and internationally recognized contribution to the regeneration field. She has identified a number of cellular and molecular mechanisms that play a role in response to injury and repair using a variety of in vivo and in vitro models. Current work in her laboratory on human neural and mesenchymal stem cells continues to implement the successful strategy of addressing basic biological questions and harnessing the information acquired to develop new approaches to repair diseased or damaged human tissues that do not spontaneously regenerate.