The Network of Excellence in Corneal Regeneration

Chris Bath, MD, PhD

Resident at the Departments of Ophthalmology, Aalborg and Aarhus University Hospitals, Denmark

Scientist at the Laboratory for Stem Cell Research, Aalborg University, Denmark.



Finished a degree in Medicine from Aarhus University in 2006, and received the PhD degree in 2013 from Health, Aarhus University, based on studies carried out at the Laboratory for Stem Cell Research, Aalborg University in collaboration with the Departments of Ophthalmology at Aalborg and Aarhus University Hospitals.


Research experience:

During pre-graduate years, several research projects were carried out to examine e.g. neuronal responses to brain traumas in various animal models at the Institute of Anatomy, Aarhus University. Postgraduate research has focused on the cornea with a future aim of treating corneal diseases using stem cells. The effect of ambient oxygen levels on stem cell cultures is a main research focus together with characterization studies of corneal stem cells and their differentiated progeny in both culture and in situ. Laboratory techniques mastered include primary cell culture, hypoxic cell culture, histology, advanced fluorescence microscopy, immunocytochemistry, laser capture microdissection (LCM), RNA analysis, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and bioinformatics. Previous research has been published in journals that include amongst others Neuroscience, Stem Cell Res, PLoS One, Acta Ophthalmolol and Mol Vis. Nominated SOE lecturer 2014 of the Danish Ophthalmological Society based on research on corneal stem cells.


Teaching and supervision:

Extensive teaching experience including teaching of medical students in basic sciences like histology but also clinical ophthalmology, teaching pre-graduate students from various disciplines in Regenerative Medicine, teaching PhD students in topics including Cell Culture and Microscopy, supervising bachelor students and master students on various stem cell related projects and finally examination duties at university level in Regenerative Medicine. Currently co-supervisor of PhD student Lei Liu on a project involving limbal epithelial stem cells.



Continuous Danish research efforts will hopefully aid the research community in developing novel regenerative therapies for patients suffering from corneal diseases. The personal aim is to continue both clinical work and research on the cornea. A future task will be to co-organize the annual meeting of the European Eye Bank Association (EEBA) in Denmark in 2016.



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Aalborg University Hospital

Aarhus University Hospital

Laboratory for Stem Cell Research



Aalborg University Hospital
Hobrovej 18-22
9100 Aalborg

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Action BM1302 "Joining Forces in Corneal Regeneration Research" 2014-2017.