An Africa where cutting-edge stem cell research is used to solve priority health challenges — this has always been the goal of pioneering developmental and cell biologist Mubeen Goolam.
Goolam completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, researching cell fate decisions, a field crucial to the understanding of human development. He then became a junior research fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.
He is now at the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town, where he heads up the eponymous Goolam Lab. He oversees a group of stem cell biologists using cutting-edge technology to further our understanding of human development, specifically in the African context.
The vast majority of scientific “discovery” is heavily biased towards Western practices and case models. The Goolam Lab, however, focusses on stem cell research from an African perspective to further our understanding of human development, towards improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
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