Jo Anne Stratton is a senior postdoctoral fellow at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary. She was awarded the 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year award and has been appointed at McGill University to start her own laboratory later this year. She is passionate about the potential of using single cell-omics to understand and treat disease and injury. She has published extensively, including as a lead author in the highly acclaimed peer-reviewed journal Cell. While completing her Ph.D. in Melbourne, she founded Australia’s major trainee network for neuroscientists, connecting over 1,000 young scientists with each other. Stratton is an avid traveller, publisher of children’s books and a mother of an 8-month old baby girl.
Sarthak Sinha is an MD-PhD Candidate and a Canada Graduate Scholar in the Leaders in Medicine program at the University of Calgary. He utilizes advanced sequencing technologies to understand mechanisms of tissue scarring and regeneration. Sinha’s work has been published in seventeen peer-reviewed publications, as well as The Globe and Mail and The Scientist. His TED-Ed video lessons on wounds, scars, and hair loss have been viewed more than 5 million times. He has been named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30, as well as Calgary’s youngest Top 40 Under 40.
Together, Stratton and Sinha’s research into our cells’ regenerative properties is changing our understanding of how our bodies recover from injury, revealing a path towards more effective treatment and care.