Alessandra Pasut

Alessandra Pasut received her Masters degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Padova, Italy.  She pursued part of her training at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm funded by the Erasmus Exchange program. She is currently a PhD student in the Michael Rudnicki lab at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where she uses muscle stem cells as a model to investigate the mechanisms by which tissues instruct their own stem cells to repair and regenerate. Alessandra strongly believes scientists have the responsibility to share their knowledge with the society in an informative and constructive way. Her passion for science outreach earned her multiple recognitions among which the 2010 LetsTalkScience-CIHR Synapse award. Since 2011 she is an Associate Faculty Member of F1000 in Genetic and Genomics for which she writes commentaries and recommendations on published scientific literature. Among her favourite writers are Virginia Woolf and Umberto Eco.

Posts by: Alessandra


The Hunter and the Bear: Italy’s Stamina and Vannoni, as Aesop would have told it

Author: Alessandra Pasut, 04/02/14

Editor’s note: Some of the links included are Italian language sources The case involving Stamina Foundation and the legitimacy of its stem cell treatments has been one of the most discussed and controversial issues in the international stem cell policy scene. Tomorrow, April 3, Davide Vannoni, Stamina’s founder, will be expected at a court trial…Read more

Craving stem cells? An Insider’s Guide satisfies, leaves you wanting more

Author: Alessandra Pasut, 11/28/13

> There’s no better pleasure in life than to satisfy our own cravings. Whether it’s a food craving or something else, there’s no peace for the soul, at least mine, till that need is quenched. And for those of us who find themselves longing for (more) stem cells, Paul Knoepfler’s recently-released book, Stem Cells: An…Read more

How value-free is stem cell research? Lessons (learned) from quantum mechanics and atomic fission

Author: Alessandra Pasut, 10/15/13

> As scientists we’d like to think and even take a bit of pride knowing our research is as value-free as it could be, detached from any political, economical or societal forces and influences. Yet history teaches us how basic research discoveries, from radioactivity to insulin or stem cells, have truly made a huge impact…Read more