Signals Blog

Angela C. H. McDonald

Angela is a PhD student in the Stem Cell and Developmental Biology program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is currently utilizing pluripotent stem cells to understand the genetic regulation of endoderm development. As an avid supporter of public science education, she co-founded the high school outreach initiative StemCellTalks sits on numerous public education committees including the International Society for Stem Cell Research Public Education Committee and the Stem Cell Network Public Outreach Committee.

Posts by: Angela

Stem cells in 60 seconds: Quick lessons in communicating science

> Last Friday afternoon, I raced over to a University of Toronto neighbourhood pub for the annual Ontario Stem Cell Initiative (OSCI) holiday party. This year, OSCI decided to change up the usual scientific poster session and created a science communication competition — right up my alley. The competition was called “Stem Cells in Sixty […]

Stem cell defects may help explain premature aging in Down Syndrome

> This week, while perusing my favourite news websites, I discovered that October is Down Syndrome Awareness month in the US. We Canadians however, have reserved our Down Syndrome Awareness week for the first week of November but nevertheless, this got me thinking about the current state of Down Syndrome research and what stem cell […]

Taking a leap: Regeneration of the non-human primate heart

. Some of the “what ifs” of stem cell researchers written on chalkboards at the 2013 ISSCR meeting. Researcher Charles Murray is working on one listed here. While giving my stem cells some much-needed attention in the lab this morning, I reflected on another great ISSCR annual meeting. I’ve gone to this meeting every year […]

Making pancreatic beta cells, Doug Melton style: ISSCR 2013

. Shortly after I started my PhD in 2009, Time magazine profiled a Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher, Doug Melton, who dedicated his research program to understanding the development and biology of pancreatic beta cells following the diagnosis of his children with type I diabetes. Over the years, I have followed Melton’s progress towards creating […]

Male infertility: Stem cells to the rescue?

Last month, I blogged about recent stem cell advances toward a solution for female infertility. While this post may have left you excited about the potential for stem cells to help women with fertility complications start a family, it may also have left you wondering: “What about the other half?” After all, male infertility accounts […]