- Michael Smith Laboratories, Director
- School of Biomedical Engineering, Director
The Zandstra lab is interested in how individual cells form complex tissues and organs. His research focuses on understanding multiscale interactions between cells, and the influence of these interactions on internal regulatory control networks, and the external microenvironment that shapes cell fate and functional tissue development. His team is developing mathematical models of interactions between cellular regulatory networks and their local microenvironment, and using model predictions to guide the design of engineered niches and synthetic cells that detect, select and control functional tissue development from adult and pluripotent stem cells. These discoveries will elucidate the process of multicellular organization into complex functional tissues and enable production of therapeutically relevant cell types, with a particular focus on the blood cell forming system.
Biotechnology, biological imaging, genomics, immunology, bioengineering, drug discovery, personalized medicine, synthetic biology, computational modeling, gene/cell therapy systems, regenerative medicine, carcinogenesis, engineering development, nanofabrication
To learn more about the Zandstra Lab, please visit stemcell.ibme.utoronto.ca/.