Originally from Sedaví, Felipe Serrano obtained his bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (Spain) in 2006.
In 2008, he started his PhD research project at Hospital la Fe (Valencia). His main topics were the role of Gata4 in the reprogramming of somatic cells and the direct conversion of Fibroblasts to Hepatocytes. During the last year of his PhD, He obtained a short–term fellowship to join Professor Richard Ian Gregory’s lab (Harvard University). In the Gregorylab, He worked on the transdifferentiation of fibroblasts to human hepatocytes using miRNAs. He was awarded the best thesis prize in Medicine by the University of Valencia in 2016 after receiving his PhD degree in 2013.
In August 2013, He became a research associate in Dr Sanjay Sinha’s lab (University of Cambridge). He is interested in the differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells to Smooth Muscle Cells of different embryonic origins and their role in human disease. In the Sinhalab, he has specialised in human aortic aneurysm disease modelling, using CRISPR/Cas9 technology.
A Novel Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neural Crest Model of Treacher Collins Syndrome Shows Defects in Cell Death and Migration. Serrano F, Bernard WG, Granata A, Iyer D, Steventon B, Kim M, Vallier L, Gambardella L, Sinha S. Stem Cells Dev. 2019 Jan 15;28(2):81-100.
Contributions of BMPR2 Mutations and Extrinsic Factors to Cellular Phenotypes of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Revealed by Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Modeling. Kiskin FN, Chang CH, Huang CJZ, Kwieder B, Cheung C, Dunmore BJ, Serrano F, Sinha S, Morrell NW, Rana AA. Am J Respir. Crit Care Med. 2018 Jul 15;198(2):271-275.
Exposure of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Vascular Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Cells in Coculture to Hemodynamics Induces Primary Vascular Cell-Like Phenotypes. Collado MS, Cole BK, Figler RA, Lawson M, Manka D, Simmers MB, Hoang S, Serrano F, Blackman BR, Sinha S, Wamhoff BR. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017 Aug;6(8):1673-1683. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017 Aug;6(8):1673-1683.
An iPSC-derived vascular model of Marfan syndrome identifies key mediators of smooth muscle cell death. Granata A, Serrano F, Bernard WG, McNamara M, Low L, Sastry P, Sinha S. Nat Genet. 2017 Jan;49(1):97-109.
Optimized inducible shRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 platforms for in vitro studies of human development using hPSCs. Bertero A, Pawlowski M, Ortmann D, Snijders K, Yiangou L, Cardoso de Brito M, Brown S, Bernard WG, Cooper JD, Giacomelli E, Gambardella L, Hannan NR, Iyer D, Sampaziotis F, Serrano F, Zonneveld MC, Sinha S, Kotter M, Vallier L. Development. 2016 Dec 1;143(23):4405-4418.
Robust derivation of epicardium and its differentiated smooth muscle cell progeny from human pluripotent stem cells. Iyer D, Gambardella L, Bernard WG, Serrano F, Mascetti VL, Pedersen RA, Talasila A, Sinha S. Development. 2015 Apr 15;142(8):1528-41.