2021 MRM Talks: Dr. Anastasia Nijnik and Jacky Tung


The MRM Network presents: the MRM Talks. Join us every fourth Thursday at noon to learn more about stem cells and regenerative medicine. The webinar series will feature leading scientists in the field, including MRM Principal Investigators and external guest speakers.

For each seminar, we will also highlight the work of one MRM Trainee, who will present alongside our guest speaker.

In this edition of the MRM Talks:

Dr. Anastasia Nijnik
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology / Research Centre on Complex Traits
McGill University

“Epigenetic Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function by Deubiquitinase MYSM1: from Mouse Models to Human Patients”


Jacky Tung
Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Anastasia Nijnik’s Lab
McGill University

“p53-Dependent Induction of P2X7 on Hematopoietic Stem Cells Regulates Hematopoietic Response to Genotoxic Stress”

THURSDAY June 17, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Missed the presentation? You can catch up on our Youtube Channel. The video will be available until September 1st, 2021. NOTE: This video is only available to MRM members. Please contact us at mrm@mcgill.ca to verify your status and request access to the recording.

About the speakers:

Dr. Ana Nijnik is a Principal Investigator and Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology of McGill University. She holds a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Hematopoiesis and Lymphocyte Development, and is a full member of the McGill Research Centre on Complex Traits. Originally from Ukraine, Ana Nijnik completed her undergraduate and masters studies in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Oxford (UK) in 2002, working under the supervision of Prof. Dominic Kwiatkowski and Prof. Irina Udalova on transcriptional regulation of inflammatory response. She carried out her Ph.D. training also at the University of Oxford, working under the supervision of Prof. Richard Cornall, and postdoctoral studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (UK), in the laboratories of Prof. Bob Hancock and Prof. Gordon Dougan. During her training with these mentors, Dr. Nijnik gained expertise and contributed to the knowledge of hematopoietic stem cell biology, B lymphocyte development, and immunogenetics of humoral immunity and autoimmunity. She joined McGill University as a Principal Investigator in 2011, studying epigenetic regulation of hematopoietic stem cell biology by nuclear deubiquitinases. Dr. Nijnik is the coordinator and primary instructor of the PHGY 488 Stem Cell Biology course, and also contributes to the teaching of other upper-level courses for the Department of Physiology.

Jacky Tung was born and raised in Taiwan. At age 12, his family immigrated to Canada to start new life. Upon completion of high school in British Columbia, he came to McGill and did an honours Bachelor program in Immunology. He was supervised by Dr. Connie Krawczyk and Dr. Russel Jones to study Dendritic Cell metabolism. Fast-tracked from Master Degree, he is currently working towards a PhD degree supervised by Dr. Anastasia Nijnik and Dr. David Langlais. His study focus on the genotoxic stress response of hematopoietic stem cells.


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