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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Minji Ai

Minji Ai

Graduate Student - Superviser Dr Fran Henson


I received a BSc in Biotechnology from Sichuan University (China) in 2017. After that, I received a MRes from the University of Manchester majoring Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. In Manchester, I worked at Professor Anthony Day’s lab and looked into the anti-inflammatory abilities of Infrapatellar fat pad derived stem cells in human osteoarthritis through the expression of an anti-inflammatory protein TSG-6. I start my PhD at Cambridge University from April 2019 in Dr Frances Henson’s lab working on the effects of MSC or exosomes on pain in osteoarthritis animal models.

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Research Interests


I am interested in potential relation between osteopathic pain attenuation and the MSC or MSC-derived exosomes.



  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • exosomes
  • mesenchymal stem cells