Professor Carola Niesler

Professor Carola Niesler is an established NRF-rated stem cell scientist who received her PhD from the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (UK).  She has spent her subsequent research career analysing the regulation of skeletal muscle stem cells, adipose-derived stem cells and cutaneous stem cells during wound healing and disease states such as diabetes. She has published numerous papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has graduated more than 20 PhD/MSc students since 2005.
Position:    Academic Leader
Qualifications:    PhD
Discipline:   Biochemistry
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5465
 Research Areas:   Stem cells, skeletal muscle, extracellular matrix, cytokines, wound healing
 Recent Publications:  

Goetsch KP, Niesler CU. (2016) The extracellular matrix regulates the effect of decorin and transforming growth factor beta-2 (TGF-β2) on myoblast migration. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 479: 351-357;

McColl R, Nkosi M, Snyman C, Niesler C. (2016) Analysis and quantification of in vitro myoblast fusion using the LADD Multiple Stain. Biotechniques 61: 323-326

Van der Vyfer M, Myburgh KH, Niesler CU, Ferris W. (2016) Delayed wound healing and dysregulation of IL6/STAT3 signalling in MSCs derived from pre-diabetic obese mice. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 426: 1-10; doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2016.02.003

Walker NL, Kahamba TR, Woudberg NJ, Goetsch KP, Niesler CU. (2015) Dose-dependent modulation of myogenesis by HGF: implications for c-Met expression and downstream signalling pathways. Growth Factors 33: 229-241

Goetsch KP, Snyman C, Myburgh KH, Niesler CU. (2015) Simultaneous isolation of enriched myoblasts and fibroblasts for migration analysis within a novel co-culture assay. BioTechniques 58: 25-32: doi: 10.2144/000114246 

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