Dr. Karun Singh joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences 5 years ago after completing his postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and his PhD studies at the University of Toronto. The overall goal of his research program is to use stem cell-based models to study neurological disorders and devise new therapies for these conditions. Dr. Singh is also the Neural Program Leader at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI) at McMaster University which has a unique goal of studying human stem cells and using them to model various human diseases to develop novel treatments. Currently, his program is focused on studying Autism spectrum disorders and neuropathy using stem cell approaches. In addition to shedding new light on the molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions, his lab is working extensively in the realm of drug discovery through the use of the SCC-RI’s drug screening platform. He has adapted the platform to develop new drug screens for these neural conditions. His program also benefits from collaborations with national and international scientists, including the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders team network.
He is very thankful to his trainees for working hard and being the driving force behind the published papers and recent success in grant funding. This has changed the lab in a great way with new faces and opportunities for the upcoming trainees. When he is not living science, he is immersed in his life at home with his wife and twin 7-year old daughters.