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Marrow Failure and Myelodysplasia (Pre-leukemia) Program
Marrow Failure and Myeledysplasia (Pre-leukemia) Program

Education and learning

The program acts as a training resource for students and postdoctoral clinical and basic research fellows. It provides an excellent infrastructure for lab-based and clinical research in marrow failure syndromes and MDS, through its research laboratories, clinic, its national collaborative network, the Canadian Inherited Marrow Failure registry, and its international collaboration through the Severe Congenital Neutropenia Advisory Board. Below are some of the research trainees over the last several years and their research projects:

Dr. Elaine Leung (Postdoctoral fellow)
Main project: angiogenesis in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome

Dr. MacGregor Steele (Postdoctoral fellow)
Main project: short-term disease progression in inherited marrow failure syndromes 

Dr. Juliana Teo (Postdoctoral fellow)
Main project: unclassifiable inherited marrow failure syndromes

Dr. Piya Rujkijyanont (Postdoctoral fellow)
Main projects: 1) cell death pathways in SBDS-deficient cells 2) gene expression in inherited marrow failure syndromes.

Dr. Kenichiro Watanabe (Post-doctoral fellow)
Main project: apoptosis hypersensitivity of SBDS-deficient cells

Dr. Chrissy Cheretakis (PhD student)
Main project: neutrophil engraftment post bone marrow transplantation

Dr. Bunchoo Pongtanakul (Postdoctoral fellow)
Main project: telomere maintenance defects in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome

Saswati Sen (Masters student)
Main project: Regulation of hematopoiesis by SBDS

Manveen Puri (Undergraduate student)
Main project: Regulation of hematopoiesis by SBDS

Elena Tsangaris (Undergraduate student)
Main project: The genetic basis of inherited marrow failure syndromes in a population based cohort on the Canadian Inherited Marrow Failure Registry

Saman Hashmi (Medical student)
Main Project: Clinical and genetic characteristics of Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.

Dr. Catherine Segbefia (Postdoctoral research project)
Main project: The significance of clonal marrow cytogenetic abnormalities and myelodysplastic syndromes in inherited marrow failure syndromes.

Dr. Rabah Al-Mahmoud (Postdoctoral research project)
Main project: The clinical and genetic characteristics of Diamond Blackfan anemia.

Santhosh Dhanraj (Masters student)
Main Project: Genetic causes of bone marrow failure.