Intracellular label-free detection of mesenchymal stem cell metabolism within a perivascular niche-on-a-chip

Our team has co-authored an article focused on studying oxygenation and cell metabolism in bioreactor mimicking perivascular stem cell niche ('niche-on-a-chip'). This study combines mathematical modelling of flow and oxygenation of mesenchymal stem cells with actual analysis of their metabolism via multiparameter analysis of NAD(P)H (two-photon FLIM), cell oxygenation (two-photon ratiometric fluorescence), mitochondrial polarisation and glucose transport. The study is a result of joint efforts of Politecnico di Milano, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and Ghent Univeristy. The article published in Lab on a Chip journal can can be assessed here . Twitter link

Second Human Structure and Repair research symposium

Prof. R. Dmitriev will be presenting at HSR research symposium (Ghent University, 11-Feb-2021) and speak about new biosensors for organoid research. Full details and registration can be found here:

Slow start and research update

Our new lab at the Ghent University is starting. We are proud to be a part of the Department of Human Structure and Repair. Feel free to visit our webpage at the University (UGent) website . We are still in the process of re-starting the research, buying / upgrading equipment & the infrastructure, getting to know people and initiating new collaborations. We have also joined Ghent Gut Inflammation Group (, feel free to visit our webpage . More news to follow soon.

Intestinal stem cells book

Our team has contributed to the Intestinal Stem Cells book, edited by Prof. P. Ordonez-Moran and published by Springer. The long-awaited book has gathered a number of experts and pioneers in the fields of intestinal stem cell biology, organoids, tissue engineering and innovative methodologies to study them. Our book chapter, written in collaboration with Jens Puschhof (Prof. Hans Clevers lab) describes  applications of FLIM and 3D FLIM for visualising stem cell niche in the small intestinal organoids. We describe imaging of oxygenation, cell and redox metabolism, labelling cell proliferation, with particular attention to 3D FLIM and multiplexed detection. The chapter link . Twitter link Link to the whole book by chapters.

New home for our group

From September 2020, Dr. Ruslan Dmitriev will start as Assistant Professor at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), where he will lead Group of Tissue engineering and Biomaterials (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) .  This means that our group is moving to Ghent, an exciting new location, where we will grow and continue our research at the interface of cancer / stem cell biology, mitochondrial function, organoids, biosensors, FLIM and tissue engineering! More news on our blog & website function to follow.

Extracellular Ca2+-sensing fluorescent protein biosensor based on a collagen-binding domain

Our group published new research article, focused on further development of the 'biosensor scaffold' concept for advanced tissue engineering applications, such as imaging-assisted organoid engineering. Here, we collaborated with colleagues from Agilent Technologies and University of Tubingen (Laboratory of Professor Katja Schenke-Layland, Germany) to develop and functionally evaluate recombinant extracellular Ca2+-specific protein biosensors that can bind collagen- and cellulose-based tissue engineering scaffold materials. Using confocal and two-photon FLIM, and Matrigel-based 3D culture of mouse intestinal organoids, we evaluated performance of the collagen-binding biosensor and found that 3D culture of the intestinal epithelium can regulate extracellular Ca2+, potentially through the function of lipid droplets. The article published in ACS Applied Bio Materials journal can be assessed here . Twitter link . 

Disruption of hypoxia-inducible fatty acid binding protein 7 induces beige fat-like differentiation and thermogenesis in breast cancer cells

Dr. Ruslan Dmitriev  has co-authored a paper focused on molecular mechanisms of breast cancer and the role of mitochondrial function in thermogenesis. This work, which is a result of collaborative efforts  from Oxford University, Kyoto University, University College Cork and Sechenov Medical University research groups, has been recently published in Cancer & Metabolism journal. Full-text is available here . Twitter link .