Esther Bankole

Esther Bankole is a PhD student undertaking a project supervised by Dr Charlotte Dean. 

Esther’s PhD is focused on understanding and identifying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin repair and regeneration following injury in the alveoli – the site of gaseous exchange. She is specifically focusing on investigating whether key signalling pathways required for lung development have a role in adult lung repair and whether these pathways could be targeted to provide novel regenerative treatments for the lungs.

Esther will use the Acid Injury and Repair (AIR) model, an ex vivomodel of lung injury, that was established within the Lung Development and Repair Group, as a platform to screen lung development pathways such as Wnt, Hedgehog, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), Notch signalling pathways for their effects on lung repair.