Dr Nigel Kee

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Nigel Kee's research combines classic developmental biology approaches with in vitro human stem cell technologies to model and test how stem cells can be instructed to build the different tissues of our bodies. These stem-cell based models can be used to (a) understand and model basic principles of how stem cells make lineage specification decisions, and to (b) serve as in vitro platforms for the modelling of human diseases. Dr Kee completed his doctorate from the department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Karolinska Institutet in 2017. Here, he trained in the then-emerging technology of single-cell RNA-sequencing to guide the refinement of stem cell protocols targeting Parkinson’s Disease. Following this, Dr Kee secured two back-to-back Fellowships from the Swedish Brain Foundation and the Swedish Society for Medical Research, which funded a 5-year post-doctoral appointment at both Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University. During this period, Dr Kee also secured CIA project funding to support his development of human stem cell 2.5D assembloid models of posterior body axis development. These human assembloid models are comprised of a complex mix of nerve and muscle cell types, that are designed to assist future modelling of neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophies, peripheral neuropathies, and motor neuron disease. Dr Kee returned to Australia in 2022, where he has been appointed as a visiting postdoctoral researcher to SBMS. Here, Dr Kee will continue his research on human stem cell models of development, with a focus on neuromuscular tissue engineering and disease modelling.


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Book Chapter

  • Kee, Nigel and Papathanou, Maria (2021). Single-cell technologies in Parkinson׳s disease. Systems medicine: integrative, qualitative and computational approaches. (pp. 15-30) edited by Olaf Wolkenhauer. Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier/Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-801238-3.11613-7

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