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Five to be Inspired by

Women in regenerative medicine have made tremendous contributions and there is much to be celebrated. In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 the Stem Cell Network will be profiling some of these incredible women all week long.

Nika Shakiba is a talented early-career scientist, now pursuing her postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in Boston, who continues to support her Canadian science roots by being a positive role model for aspiring young students who are interested in research-based careers. Nika is working to better understand how to make stem cells robust, safe, and efficient for many types of research and therapies that could potentially change the way we fight diseases.

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Jing Wang came to Canada with a goal to complete her studies in neural stem cells and begin a career focused on the ultimate goal of repairing those brain cells in children and adults. Although Jing is in the early stages of her career, she has already made significant contributions to our understanding of brain repair, most recently how a single pathway can be modulated to regenerate damaged brain tissue following stroke.

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Samantha Yammine is a motivated, early career researcher and science communicator who specializes in brain development and stem cell biology at the University of Toronto. A strong advocate for diversity in STEM fields and for science engagement, Samantha has built large followings through her social media profiles on Twitter and Instagram.

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Since establishing her own lab in 2005, Julie Fradette has become a leader in the field of tissue engineering. Julie has supported and mentored close to 50 students, graduate students and research assistants, who have helped build her lab at Université Laval and whom she credits with its many successes.

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Terry Thomas is a leader and innovator in the development of technologies to advance the stem cell and regenerative medicine sector. Terry was instrumental in building STEMCELL Technologies, the largest biotech company in Canada, while also mentoring and empowering women in the science sector.

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