Ola received her BSc and PhD from the University of Bradford, where she worked with Dr Julie Thornton in the Centre for Skin Sciences. In her PhD, she studied the implications of 17β-oestradiol and IAPs on dermal fibroblasts cultured from terminal and vellus hair bearing skin in terms of wound healing. Ola spent 3 months in the Higgins lab, where she developed protocols to evaluate the morphology of cell layers within the hair follicle.
Martina received her BA. and her MS. degree in Biotechnology from University of Bologna, Italy. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student, working in Professor Giovanna Cenacchi laboratory at the University of Bologna, where she is assessing biological characterization of de-cellularised human dermis as a scaffold for wound healing. Martina received a Marco Polo fellowship to work in the Higgins lab for 4 months, in the middle of her PhD. During her placement, her interests were focused on creating and characterising cell derived matrices from three different subpopulation of fibroblasts found in the skin (Derma papilla [DP], Papillary fibroblasts [Pfi] and Reticular fibroblasts [Rfi]).