Dr. Anestis Tsakiridis is an ambitious young investigator. He graduated in Biochemistry and Life Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 and received a PhD from the same university in 2006. In 2006-2009 Dr. Tsakiridis was Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Stem Cell Research (University of Edinburgh) and between 2009-2015 at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (University of Edinburgh). Since 2016, Dr. Tsakiridis is the group leader at the Centre for Stem Cell Biology at the USO. His research interests are in the field of stem cell potency in development and disease and he is currently working on modelling embryonic axis elongation in vitro. He has been successful in obtaining external funding for his research (e.g. BBSRC: New Investigator Grant, Royal Society Research grant and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group/Little Princess Trust pilot research grant).