National Institute for Biological Standards and Control

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is an international laboratory for standardisation and control of biological medicines.  As part of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), NIBSC undertakes supporting research in regulatory science required for regulation of medicines. The UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) was initiated at the NIBSC in 2003 with funding from the Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. 

Key staff involved in EBiSC

Glyn Stacey PhD, FIBMS (Director UK Stem Cell Bank and Head of Division of Cell Biology and Imaging) – Extensive experience in stem cell banking as Director for the UK Stem Cell Bank and biological resource management (>20years). Also plays lead role in international aspects of stem cell banking including coordinator for the International Stem Cell Banking Initiative.
Role in EBiSC:
General advisory role on governance, biobanking best practice (WP2&3)
Scientific direction for quality control and characterisation (WP5) and training activities (WP4.2). 

Lyn Healy PhD (Senior Stem Cell Biologist at the UK Stem Cell Bank) – Wide experience in stem cell and cancer research (>20years) with expertise in stem cell characterisation and analysis of genetic stability.
Role in EBiSC: Supervision and scientific support on training (WP4.2), scientific advice on analytical methods for stem cell cultures. Also line manager for Orla O’Shea (below).

Charles Hunt PhD, FIBMS (Operations Manager for the UK Stem Cell Bank) – Significant scientific expertise in tissue banking and the cryopreservation of cells and tissues (>20years) and responsible for operational management of the UK Stem Cell Bank
Role in EBiSC:
Advisory role on governance and regulation of human tissue, scientific advice on  cryopreservation (WP3) and banking procedural issues (WP5). 

Luam Kidane (Scientific coordinator at UK Stem Cell Bank) – Experienced in coordinating scientific administration of multiple stem cell research projects including hESCreg and ToxBank.  Background in haematopoietic stem cells and over 8 years’ experience in managing projects within clinical settings (NHS).
Role in EBiSC: Training coordinator and course organiser/administrator.

Orla O’Shea PhD (Stem cell scientist working on EBiSC QC) – Background in cancer biology. Has worked on translation and comparison of hPSC neural differentiation protocols on the ESNATS project , development of novel pluripotency assays for the International Stem Cell Initiative and characterisation of hPSCs for the UK Stem Cell Bank and Scr&Tox projects. 
Role in EBiSC: leading performance of routine EB studies and comparison of pluripotency assays and development and implementation for routine QC of EBiSC lines.

More information: »