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Announcement — David Braley Chair in Human Stem Cell Research

Karun Singh

Karun Singh, PhD, Assistant Professor

June 14, 2012

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

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karun Singh has been appointed the David Braley Chair in Human Stem Cell Research effective May 1, 2012. 

Dr. Singh earned his B.Sc.(Hon) at McMaster University (2001) and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto (2008). Prior to joining McMaster this year, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, his work focused on human and mouse models for examining how psychiatric disease risk genes affect brain development and neural circuit formation.

As an author of publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Cell, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron, Dr. Singh is exploring the new and emerging field of human neural stem cell physiology. His research aims to understand the pathological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Singh is one of the principal investigators in the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI). Using the chemical screening abilities of the SCC-RI, he plans to design and implement high-throughput drug screens that focus on correcting abnormal neural cellular function.

This endowed chair was established with funding from Senator David Braley, as part of his $50 million gift to McMaster in 2007.

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