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Announcement regarding the Chair in Stem Cell and Cancer Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences

Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia, BSc, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Dated: July 1, 2007

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Mick Bhatia as the Chair in Stem Cell and Cancer Biology.

Dr. Bhatia received a B.Sc. (Honours) Molecular Biology (McMaster) in 1992 and a PhD in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences (Guelph) in 1995.  Following this, Dr. Bhatia accepted a Post-doctoral Fellowship of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Genetics, University of Toronto (1995-1997).

Dr. Bhatia relocated to McMaster from the Robarts Research Institute where he held the position of Director of the Krembil Centre for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. During his tenure there he held a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. He was granted a senior Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Biology in December 2006.

Dr. Bhatia is a recognized leader in Canada in the field of human hematopoietic stem cell biology and embryonic stem cells. His research program sets out to understand the molecular mechanisms which orchestrate somatic and embryonic human stem cell development.  Dr. Bhatia has made several important advancements in human stem cell research, particularly related to blood forming stem cells. 

Dr. Bhatia is the author of more than sixty publications and has an impressive record of peer reviewed research funding.  He has received numerous awards including the Krembil Foundation Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (2003), a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award (2002), the Premier’s Research Excellence Award:  Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology (2000-2005), and a Scientist Scholarship for Biomedical Sciences: Medical Research Council of Canada (1999-2002).

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