2023 MRM Talks: Dr. Jo Anne Stratton and Yue Zhang


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. Jo Anne Stratton,
Assistant Professor, Killam Scholar & FRQS Investigator
Co-Director, Single Cell Club, McGill
Scientific Chair, Tannenbaum Open Science Institute GRC, The Neuro
McGill University

“The current state of modelling CSF barrier’s”



Yue Zhang,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Stratton Lab,
McGill University

“Generation of ependymal cells from human iPSCs”

12:00 – 1:00 PM


About the speakers:

Jo Anne Stratton’s research interests are inspired by the complex and context-dependent interactions of immune cells within the nervous system which function to modulate regeneration and plasticity, but can also underlie pathologies such as demyelination and axonal degeneration leading to cognitive impairment and sensory/motor deficits. Her research platform spans basic in vitro cell culture interrogation of cellular interactions, to transgenic animal models which recapitulate responses to different injuries and diseases, to human cellular and histological analyses.

Yue Zhang is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Jo Anne Stratton’s lab. She obtained her master’s degree in Neuroimmunology in China in 2021. Now in Dr. Stratton’s Lab, she focuses on developing the first protocol of inducing ependymal cells from human iPSCs and will further apply it to interrogate the role of ependymal cells in neurological diseases.


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