Derek van der Kooy, Ph.D.


University of Toronto, The Donnelly Centre, Rm. 1102
160 College St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E1

Phone #: 416-978-1960

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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

Research Interests

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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