Adult stem cells are found in living organisms. They are undifferentiated cells found throughout the body after development. Their main role is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are located by a process of cell division to replenish dying cells. Discovering the mechanisms behind this will provide invaluable information to medical science.
The primary research aim of the Hobbs group is to identify and define the critical molecular mechanism underlying adult stem cells by using germline stem cells from the mouse testis as a model system.
The Hobbs group aims to uncover the self-renewal capabilities of adult stem cells, which will have importance to the fields of fertility, tissue regeneration and cancer.