Dale graduated from York College, Pennsylvania in 2014, then joined industry working in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, in vitro diagnostics, and gene therapy. Dale’s interest in neurological disease developed during his time in industry, and has inspired Dale to work with Dr. Stratton, tackling new techniques in an understudied subject matter.
Dale is developing in vitro technology to study the function of ependymal cells following inflammatory insults. He is establishing a robust human iPSC-derived tissue culture system which allows for consistent and relevant experimentation.
Dale has a passion for science communication, and is also interested in the arts, including music and theatre, and outdoor sports, like rock climbing and soccer.
Nina is a Masters student who received a BSc in Honours Behavioural Neuroscience from Concordia University in 2019. While at Concordia, Nina became a member of the Science College which allowed her to discover her passion for autoimmune disease and neurodegenerative disease.
Nina is using human tissue samples and a transgenic murine model to investigate ependymal cell pathology in MS, as well as the localization of immune cells in relation to the ependyma, and potential mechanisms of ependymal cell loss in a model of MS.
Outside of the lab, Nina enjoys hiking, stitching (check-out our twitter for some of her creations!), and tending to her many plant-babies.
Adam is a recent M.Sc. graduate from Western University in Anatomy and Cell Biology. His research during undergraduate and early graduate studies ranged from studying the sympathetic plexuses that control male fertility, to the development of a medical imaging method that elucidates lymphatic topography in situ. Towards the end of his Masters, Adam became fascinated by autonomic nerve lesion-induced microgliosis in the spinal cord. This growing interest in the cellular dynamics governing processes of neuroinflammation led him to the PhD program with Dr. Stratton at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
Adam’s Ph.D. research aims to outline the unique transcriptional signature of ependymal cells exposed to pathogenic CSF-samples from patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This data will be used to create inducible knockout mouse models, within which the function of the ventricular system in MS-like pathology can be examined.
Outside of his research, Adam is incredibly passionate about empowering disadvantaged populations through education. He has extensive experience lecturing and teaching to undergraduate, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical students, and has developed a large variety of educational outreach initiatives. In his spare time, Adam enjoys baking any and all breads, writing critical and creative essays, and playing piano – especially romantic era, French impressionist and 20th/21st century classical-jazz fusion genres.