University Professor, Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
Canada Research Chair, Stem Cell Bioengineering
University of Toronto
Peter Zandstra graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University in the Department of Chemical Engineering, obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and continued his research training as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the field of Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds an academic appointment as University Professor, the highest academic rank at the University of Toronto's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He serves as the Executive Director of Medicine by Design (MbD) and as Chief Scientific Officer at CCRM, a Toronto-based regenerative medicine translation centre. Peter is the Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering and is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2007), the University of Toronto's McLean Award (2009) and the Till and McCulloch Award (2013). Dr. Zandstra is also a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Canada. In addition, Dr. Zandstra co-founded three biotech companies including ExCellThera, a clinical stage cell therapy company that focuses on novel treatments for blood diseases.
His research integrates engineering and biological approaches, to understanding how complex communication networks between stem cells and their progeny influence self-renewal and differentiation, and how this information can be applied to the design of novel culture technologies capable of controlling cell fate.
Departmernt of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health
Jill Baumgartner is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University. She also is an Associate Member of the McGill School of Environment. Dr. Baumgartner studies exposure to environmental pollutants and their affect on human health in the context of urbanization and development. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences and Environment & Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Population and International Health from Harvard University. She was a Global Renewable Energy Leadership Fellow at the Institute on the Environment (University of Minnesota) from 2011-2013 and a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University in 2012.