Anthony Hollander: working with stem cells
Anthony Hollander talks about the first tracheal transplant and the clinical future of stem cells
I wanted a career with purpose and meaning, where I could make a difference. I didn’t actually do very well at school and my teachers weren’t that encouraging. But I got to Bath University and there I came into my own, graduating with first class honours in pharmacology. I think I’m good at thinking up new ideas and not so good at regurgitating facts. I then did a PhD at Bristol University, postdoctoral training at McGill University, and won a lectureship at Sheffield University. At Sheffield, however, I began to become disillusioned with the potential of pharmaceuticals. I subsequently got the opportunity to collaborate with the world famous bioengineer Professor Robert Langer and in seeing the potential in tissue engineering, it has become my focus. I’ve continued this at Bristol University where I’m now head of my department.
There is a lot of legislation surrounding stem cells in the United