People of Medicine by Design logoMeet the world-class researchers who are building the future of regenerative medicine. These are the people of Medicine by Design.

Arturo Ortin Martinez

“I didn’t expect to become a regenerative medicine researcher. My background is in nursing and I wanted to stay in the hospital taking care of patients because I wanted to help people. I realized that I would be helping people if I pursued science, and if I did it well, I might help hundreds of thousands of people.”

Arturo Ortín-Martínez‬

Scientific Associate
Krembil Research Institute
University Health Network

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Shana Kelley

We have an aging population. Our biggest problems are degenerative diseases that we need to learn how to stall or turn around. Disease comes in so many forms; it affects all of us. It’s an amazing set of problems to work on because of the potential for impact.

Shana Kelley

University Professor, Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering,
University of Toronto 

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Phyllis Billia

“I’m really interested in understanding why and how the heart fails, and how we can help the heart to regenerate itself. As a cardiologist who looks after patients with end-stage heart failure waiting for heart transplants and mechanical hearts, it’s really important to me to think outside the box about these questions.

Dr. Phyllis Billia

Cardiologist and Director of Research
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre,
University Health Network

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melanie Woodin

“I’m proud of making discoveries. But my proudest accomplishment is training the future generation of scientists. I see how creative they are and how much they’ve bridged the gap between different disciplines. I can’t wait to see what they discover.”

Melanie Woodin

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
Professor, Department of Cell & Systems Biology,
University of Toronto

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“I want to democratize medicine so all these amazing breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, immunotherapy and synthetic biology are accessible to communities that need them.”

Ashton Trotman-Grant

PhD candidate, Department of Immunology,
University of Toronto

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Leo Chou

“Whether regenerative medicine is headed towards translation or even more fundamental discovery, I think now is a time of just an explosion of possibilities.”

Leo Chou

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Toronto

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Antigona Ulndreaj

I wanted to be a researcher since I was 14. As I studied more, I became inspired by the idea of developing treatments for challenging diseases that have limited treatment options…like spinal cord injury and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Antigona Ulndreaj

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute,
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network 

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Keith Pardee

“As scientists, we don’t want our research to sit on the shelf in a journal. We want to translate our discoveries and technologies as quickly and efficiently as possible so they can benefit society.”

Keith Pardee

Assistant Professor,
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy,
University of Toronto

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Khalid Al-Zahrani

“What’s exciting to me is the development of new bio-informatic tools, and the interface of computational biology with basic science. The sky is the limit to what we can do now.”

Khalid Al-Zahrani

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System

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Maria Abou Chakra

“I think working together to tackle problems using different tools and perspectives is the way to new discoveries that will shape the future.”

Maria Abou Chakra

Research Associate, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto

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Yun Li

“I’ve always been fascinated by the brain. It’s such a beautiful object. Along my path of training, I’ve looked at it in different ways. I’m fascinated with questions of basic science, but I’d like my bigger impact to be teaching and educating young scientists.”

Yun Li

Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program,
The Hospital for Sick Children

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics,
University of Toronto

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