Dr Anke Roelofs

Dr Anke Roelofs
MSc (2003, University of Groningen); PhD (2007, University of Oxford)


Dr Anke Roelofs
Dr Anke Roelofs

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine Group
Room 3:16
Institute of Medical Sciences
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Find out about our Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine team here.

My Google Scholar profile can be viewed here.



I completed my MSc in Medical Biology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2003 cum laude (with first class honours). I then moved to the University of Oxford where I obtained my DPhil in 2007. After a number of post-doctoral research posts at the University of Aberdeen, I was appointed Lecturer in Skeletal Regenerative Medicine in 2012. I am a member of the Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine team within the Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health (ACAMH).


Current Research

My current research interests are centered around skeletal biology, with a particular focus on mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Ongoing work is aimed at elucidating the developmental origins of MSCs using genetic lineage tracing, and the role of yes-associated protein (Yap) and the Hippo pathway in the regulation of MSC proliferation and differentiation. Increasing our understanding of the biology of MSCs will enable the development of novel treatments that target endogenous MSCs to promote skeletal health.

Please visit our Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine page to find out more about our team and the research that we do.


Teaching Responsibilities


Programme coordinator

MSc in Molecular Medicine


Course coordinator

MB5517 (Masters course: Genome-Enabled Medicine)




SM1501 (The Cell) - Lectures on cell growth, cell death, cell differentiation, embryonic development, evolution of multicellular life, inheritance, and sexual reproduction.

MBChB Medicine year 1 (Student Selected Component) - Tutorials.

SM2001 (Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences) - Workshops.

SM2501 (Research Skills for Medical Sciences) - Tutorials.

BC4314 (Honours Biochemistry Option 2) - Lectures on stem cells, cancer, ageing and immortality.

Honours projects - Supervision of lab-based projects.

ASRS projects - Supervision of lab-based projects.


MB5517 (Genome-Enabled Medicine) - Lectures and workshop on genome technologies for the study of stem cells.

BT5509 (Biologic Drug Discovery) - Lectures on biologics in rheumatology.

MB5526 (Genes and Immunity) - Lecture on stem cell transplantation.

Research projects - Supervision of lab-based projects.