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Developmental & Stem Cell Biology

Dr. Benjamin Alman
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Ben Alman got into medicine after pursuing bioengineering. Now an orthopaedic surgeon and scientist, the theme of his lab is the study of developmental signalling pathways, deregulated pathological processes and the role they play in repair processes. learn more

Dr. Darius Bägli
Dr. Darius Bägli is a concert pianist and is becoming interested in the health benefits of music.  He and his team are currently looking into why hollow organs such as the bladder become damaged by excess pressure, tension and outflow obstruction. learn more

Curtis Boswell
Curtis Boswell’s love for science started from a young age while watching classics like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and The Magic School Bus. As a graduate student at SickKids, he is currently focused on studying spine development and disease. learn more

Dr. Brian Cox
Dr. Brian Cox’s favourite scientist is Dr. Charles Darwin. He is currently comparing the common set of expressed proteins with changes in gene expression in placental diseases like preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). learn more

Dr. Brent Derry
A lover of music, Dr. Brent Derry spends part of his time jamming with his rock band when he isn’t working in the lab with his worms seeking greater understanding of genetic mutations related to cancer. learn more

Dr. Maarten Egeler
Born in the Netherlands, Dr. Egeler was always looking over the borders. He had the opportunity to work in the U.S. and after catching the “the North American fever” was pleased to eventually join SickKids to provide his expertise in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. learn more

Dr. James Ellis
Dr. James Ellis works on induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells. He shares this interest with his all-time favourite scientist, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, who discovered the method to produce iPS cells. learn more

Dr. Xi Huang
What Dr. Xi Huang loves most about science is the intellectual freedom it offers. Born and raised in Changsha, China, Huang now studies how cells regulate brain development and cancer growth at SickKids. learn more

Dr. Chi-chung Hui
Dr. Chi-chung Hui joined SickKids in 1994. For the last 10 years, he has been senior scientist and head of the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology program. 2016 marks his 22nd year at SickKids. learn more

Dr. Benjamin Lant
Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Lant is a soccer fan and music lover studying the genetic mutations that cause a specific brain disease. He takes great pride in conducting research at SickKids and enjoys the pursuit of discovery in science. learn more

Angela McDonald
Angela McDonald is a graduate student who grew up taking dance classes. She continues to take hip-hop and ballet on the side while working towards her PhD in biomedical engineering. learn more

Dr. Rod Mcinnes
Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. McInnes is learning how proteins work in the brain to facilitate the "conversation" that occurs between neurons involved in memory. learn more

Dr. Bret Pearson
Dr. Bret Pearson is just beginning his career as a principal investigator. His is the first lab in Canada to use freshwater planarians in cancer research. learn more

Dr. Norman Rosenblum
Hailing from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Rosenblum is an avid cellist who has been playing since the age of 14. As a scientist, his focus is mainly on two things: understanding how molecular signals affect the formation of the kidney, and helping to train the next generation of child health clinician-scientists. learn more

Dr. Janet Rossant 
An internationally respected stem cell biologist, recently named as one of the “Top 25 Women of Influence” in 2013 by the Women of Influence magazine, Rossant is Chief of Research at SickKids. Rossant likes to cook, walk, hike and ‘binge-garden’ from time to time. learn more

Dr. Ian Scott
Scott enjoys spending time with his two boys outside the lab and loves to play sports. During his PhD, he was fascinated by talks about zebrafish and is now using them to study heart development and promote heart regeneration in people. learn more

Dr. Michael D. Taylor
Dr. Michael Taylor’s favourite scientist is Nicolai Vavilov, someone who literally died for his scientific beliefs in Soviet-era Russia. Dr. Taylor’s research is focused on understanding the cause of paediatric brain tumours. learn more

Dr. Amy Wong
When she’s not running the streets of Toronto, this Exceptional Trainee Award winner is studying induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and how she can use them to generate lung cells. learn more