Dr Alecia-Jane Twigger
Understanding the lactating breast at the single-cell level
Alecia-Jane Twigger is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center Munich. Beginning her research career in the prestigious Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group at the University of Western Australia, she completed a PhD in human milk cell characterisation under the supervision of Associate Prof.Donna Geddes, Dr. Foteini Kakulas and Emeritus Professor Peter Hartmann.
Dr. Twigger was awarded the inaugural International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and joined Dr. Christina Scheel’s laboratory at the Helmholtz Center Munich with the intention of adapting their patented mammary organoid model to investigate human milk cell regenerative capacity and function. Since then, she has been accepted into the Helmholtz Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and will continue to pursue her passion of further understanding mammary gland plasticity and function through the study of human milk cells.