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by mail...

160 College Street, 11th floor

Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

University of Toronto

Toronto ON, M5S 3E1

Canada

by phone or fax

Lab: 416-978-4539

Administrative Office: 416-978-0553

Fax: 416-978-2666

lab members...

research associates...

 

Brian Ballios, MD., PhD.  

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: Retinal stem cell biology and applications in retinal degeneration.

Contact: brian.ballios@utoronto.ca

 

 

Saeed Khalili, PhD. Post Doctoral Fellow (2012-Present)

 

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: Adult retinal and pancreatic stem cells.

Contact: saeed.khalili@utoronto.ca

 

 

 

post doctoral fellow...

Taryn Grieder  
Taryn Greider

Motivation Group

Project Description: Investigating the involvement of dopamine, CRF and various nicotinic receptors in the motivational effects of acute and chronic nicotine and withdrawal.

Contact: taryngrieder@gmail.com

 

graduate students ...

Tania Alexson  
Tania

ES Cells/Developmental Stem Cell Biology

Project Description: Investigating if cell cycle can serve as the gatekeeper to self-renewal.

Contact: talexson@thinkers.cx

 

 

Ahmed Fhamy Graduate Student (2012-present)
Ahmed_Fhamy

Cell Lineage and Brain Development/IPS cells

Project Description: Using Neural Crest stem cells in investigating the mechanism of cellular reprogramming.

Contact: ahmed.fahmy@utoronto.ca

 

Kenneth Grisé Graduate Student (2012-Present)

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: Characterization of neural stem cells in the brain and retina and development of regenerative therapies to repair damage caused by disease or injury.

Contact: ken.grise@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Geith Maal-Bared Graduate Student (2012-Present)
Geith

 

Neurobiology of Motivation

Project Description: Identifying the

anatomical layout and molecular properties

underlying the GABA switch in the VTA of

opiate dependent/deprived rodents.

Contact: geith.maal.bared@utoronto.ca

 

 

Isabel Mackay-Clackett Graduate Student (2015-Present)
 

 

Motivation & Learning and Memory in C.elegans

Project Description: neurobiological mechanisms underlying the induction of psychoactive drug withdrawal, with particular attention to the motivational effects it produces & olfactory discrimination in C.elegans

Contact:

isabel.mackay-clackett@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Daniel Merritt Graduate Student (2012-Present)
Daniel

 

Learning and Memory

Project Description: My research is on the biochemical nature of memory in the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans.

Contact: daniel.merritt@gmail.com

 

Nikolaos Mitrousis Graduate Student (Shoichet Lab 2012-Present)

 

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: In collaboration with the Shoichet lab, we are studying the interactions between the retinal pigmented epithelium and the photoreceptors of the eye, using a bioengineering approach.

Contact: nikolaos.mitrousis@mail.utoronto.ca

 

 

Tahani Waheeb Graduate Student (2012-Present)
Tahani_Waheeb

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: Retinal stem cell therapy and the steps

toward success.

Contact: mrs.alnami@gmail.com

 

Mandy Yee Masters Student (2015-Present)
 

 

Motivation

Project Description: neurobiological substrates of the rewarding effects of caffeine.

Contact: mandy.yee@mail.utoronto.ca

 

 

 

Glenn Wolfe Graduate Student (2011-Present)
Glenn_Wolfe

Learning and Memory

Project Description: Unravelling the genetic mechanisms of learning and memory by characterizing a learning deficient C. elegans mutation.

Contact: glenn.wolfe@utoronto.ca

 

 

Samantha Yammine Graduate Student (2012-Present)
Samantha Yammine

Neural Stem Cells

Project Description: Regulation of pluripotency and self-renewal of primitive and definitive neural stem cells in the developing mammalian brain.

Contact:samantha.yammine@mail.utoronto.ca

 

lab support

Brenda Coles-Takabe Lab Manager & Technican

 

Please contact for all techinical lab querieies

Contact: 416-978-4539

Contact: brenda.coles@utoronto.ca

Fax: 416-978-2666

 

 

Monica Flak Administrative & Program Coordinator
 

Please contact for any lab querieies

Contact: 416-978-0553

Contact: monica.flak@utoronto.ca

Fax: 416-978-2666

 

past students...

Margot Arntfield, PhD.  

Pancreatic Stem Cells

 

 

 

 

Irina Brokhman, PhD.  
Irina_Brokhman

Pancreatic Stem Cells

Project Description: Dual embryonic origin of

the mammalian enteric nervous system.

 

 

Mary Rose Bufalino  
Mary Rose

 

Asymetrical Division

Project Description: The asymmetric segregation of damaged proteins during cell division and its influence on stem cell aging and cancer cell differentiation.

 

 

 

Laura Clarke-Donaldson, MDPhD.  

 

Retinal and Neural Stem Cells

Project Description: Investigated the properties of progenitor cells found in the adult mammalian subependymal zone and dentate gyrus of the brain as well as the pigmented ciliary epithelium of the eye using a combination of in vitro clonal assays and transplant models

 

 

Brian DeVeale, PhD.  
 

 

Cell Lineage and Brain Development

Project Description: Lineage specification of pluripotent populations in murine development.

 

 

Rachel Leeder  
Rachel Leeder

 

 

Retinal Stem Cells

Project Description: The role of Oct4- expressing primitive neural stem cells in the neural stem cell lineage.

 

 

Rozita Razavi, PhD.  
Rozita Razavi

Pancreatic Stem Cells

 

 

 

Ryan Ting-A-Kee  
Ryan_Ting

 

 

Motivation Group

Project Description: Studies the brain regions important for caffeine, opiate, and ethanol reward.

 

 

Hector Vargas-Perez, PhD.  
Hector

Neurobiology of Motivation

 

 

Jie Xu, PhD.  
 

Pancreatic Stem Cells

 

by air and land

Fly into Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). If you take a cab, expect to pay $60-$70, depending on traffic. We are located downtown on the U of T campus.

 

CCBR Map

Derek van der Kooy


**photo credit: Simon Smukler - depicted are differentiated cell progeny derived from a single pancreas-derived precursor cell. The green colour represents labeling of insulin (pancreatic beta cells) and the red colour represents labeling of a neuron-specific marker. The blue colour shows the nuclei of all the cells present in the field. From Seaberg, et al, Nature Biotechnology, 2004 Sep;22(9):1115-24. **