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Alexandra Riemenschneider, Graduate Student Lorena Baroni, Postdoctoral Fellow Lakshmikirupa Sundaresan, Postdoctoral Fellow Shachi Kansara, Research Technologist
Li Qing Shen, Research Technologist
Dr. Vijay Ramaswamy
Scientist, Principal Investigator
Dr. Ramaswamy is currently a staff neuro-oncologist in the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program at SickKids and a Scientist-Track investigator within the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program at SickKids Research Institute. His research interests primarily involve translational genomics of both medulloblastoma and ependymoma with a specific interest in recurrent and high-risk tumours. The primary interest of his laboratory is to identify novel therapeutic avenues using a multimodal approach of unbiased functional and chemical screening combined with correlation in large human datasets.
Research Support: b.r.a.i.n.child, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Meagan’s Hug (Meagan Bebenek Foundation), Nelina’s Hope, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, SickKids Garron Family Cancer Centre
Dr. Xi Huang
Scientist, Principal Investigator
Xi Huang is a Scientist at the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program and Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at The Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Toronto. While extensive research has informed genetics and biochemical mechanisms in tumorigenesis, how bioelectrical and biophysical signalling regulates cancer is less defined. Ion channels regulate cellular bioelectrical and biophysical properties by perceiving stimulations (mechanical force, membrane voltage, temperature, pH etc.) to control ion flux across membranes. Using multi-disciplinary approaches in bioinformatics, Drosophila and mouse genetics, xenograft modeling, cell biology, advanced imaging, electrophysiology, and bioengineering, the Huang lab decodes ion channel functions in brain tumour initiation, progression, metastasis, drug resistance, and develop ion channel-targeting cancer therapeutics.
Research Support: b.r.a.i.n.child, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, U.S. Department of Defense, Meagan’s Hug (Meagan Bebenek Foundation), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, SickKids Garron Family Cancer Centre
Jade Chan, Graduate Student
Weifan Dong, Graduate Student Jerry Fan, Graduate Student Rochelle McAdam, Graduate Student Nicolaes Min, Graduate Student
Ali Momin, Graduate Student
Namal Abeysundara, Postdoctoral Fellow Shahrzad Bahrampour, Postdoctoral Fellow
Xin Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow
Xian Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow
Siyi Wanggou, Postdoctoral Fellow
Michelle Francisco, Research Project Coordinator
 Advisory Board
of the Labatt BTRC
Sonia and Arthur Labatt Dr. Ronald Cohn
Dr. David Berman
Dr. James Drake
Mr. Ted Garrard
Dr. Bradly Wouters
Dr. Kevin Smith
Dr. Gabrielle Boulianne Dr. Jim Whitlock
Dr. Trevor Young
Dr. Janet Rossant
Dr. Meredith Irwin
Affiliated Scientists
Cameron Ackerly, PhD Mark Bernstein, MD
Eric Bouffet, MD Normand Laperriere, MD Donald Mabbott, MD James Perry, MD

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