Stem cell and developmental biology
Postdoctoral Fellow: Cambridge University, U.K.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Salk Institute
Ph.D.: University of Toronto
M.A.: University of British Columbia
Fields of Interest
- Cellular and Molecular Structure and Function
- Genetic Models of Development and Disease
The van der Kooy lab works on various stem cell biology and developmental biology research projects; specifically, stem cells in organisms from Drosophila to humans. We produced the first report of stem cells in the adult mammalian eye, published in 2000 in Science. We have also isolated a rare stem cell from the adult mouse and human pancreas that can show extensive proliferation under defined conditions in vitro. Of interest to the lab is the lineage of neural stem cells from pluripotent embryonic stem cells, with relevance to the origin of the earliest neural stem cell in the developing embryo.
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