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Research Profile

  • Chelsea first studied a sandwich degree in Human Biosciences at Coventry University, undertaking a placement at The Binding Site Ltd. in Birmingham, where she learned how to purify antibodies through column chromatography HPLC. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2014, Chelsea went on to complete a Masters degree in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, with a dissertation focussing on the interactions of mesenchymal stem cells and bacteria.

    Chelsea’s interest in regenerative biology grew, and was the main focus of her PhD, entitled, “An investigation of mesenchymal stem cells and their secretome in the context of spinal cord injury” which was awarded in 2020. She joined the University of Northampton in November 2020 as a Research Assistant in the Molecular Biosciences Research Group.

  • Part of the Molecular Biosciences Research Group led by Dr Karen Anthony. Research focusses on the function of dystrophin protein isoforms in the brain and how it is linked to cognitive impairment seen in some Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients.

    • Delfi IRTA, Wood CR, Johnson LDV, Snow MD, Innes JF, Myint P, Johnson WEB (2020). An In Vitro Comparison of the Neurotrophic and Angiogenic Activity of Human and Canine Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs): Translating MSC-Based Therapies for Spinal Cord Injury. Biomolecules, 10(9):E1301. doi:10.3390/biom10091301
    • Wood CR, Al Dhahri D, Al Delfi I, Pickles NA, Sammons RL, Worthington T, Wright KT, Johnson WEB (2018). Human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem/stromal cells adhere to and inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal Med Microbiol. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000861. Impact Factor: 3.36
    • C.R. Wood, I.R.T Al Delfi, J.F. Innes, P. Myint, W.E.B. Johnson (2018). Exposing mesenchymal stem cells to chondroitin sulphated proteoglycans reduces their angiogenic and neuro-adhesive paracrine activity. Biochimie. doi: 10.1016/j.biochi.2018.04.011. Impact Factor: 3.36
    • Al Delfi IR, Sheard JJ, Wood CR, Vernallis A, Innes JF, Myint P, Johnson WE (2016). Canine mesenchymal stem cells are neurotrophic and angiogenic: an in vitro assessment of their paracrine activity. Veterinary Journal. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.09.003 Impact Factor: 1.9