Parisa Tajer

PhD student


Since the first attempt of gene therapy in 80s, extensive researches have been done and different gene therapy protocols were developed and approved. However, some of the main challenges remained. In my PhD project we are addressing some of these challenges such as ex vivo expansion and maintenance of hematopoietic stem cells that can help to overcome material shortage for transplantation and gene therapy.  Also, generating a stable producer cell line for Lentiviruses is another challenge in this field that can be implemented in clinical setting and lead to reduction in gene therapy cost. Translating and implementing new findings from basic research into clinical protocols is crucial to improve ex vivo expansion and eventually boost stem cell gene therapy.   


Curriculum vitae

I completed my bachelor in Biology at the Shiraz University, in Iran. For my master I moved to Amsterdam, and obtained my degree at Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. During my master I did couple of internships both in academic and industrial setting. In 2017 I started my PhD under supervision of Prof.F.J.T.Staal.


  • Ex Vivo Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Therapeutic Purposes: Lessons from Development and the Niche.

    Tajer P, Pike-Overzet K, Arias S, Havenga M, Staal FJT.

    Cells. 2019 Feb 18;8(2):169. doi: 10.3390/cells8020169.PMID: 30781676

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