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Bhatia holds endowed Chair in Stem Cell and Cancer Biology

Published: July 11, 2007
Mick Bhatia
Mickie Bhatia, Scientific Director of the McMaster Stem Cell & Cancer Research Institute

Mickie Bhatia, Scientific Director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Chair in Stem Cell and Cancer Biology.

The endowed chair is funded by philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote, as part of his $105 million gift to the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Bhatia is an expert in regenerative medicine, and an internationally recognized scientist in stem cell research. He received a B.Sc. (Honours) in Molecular Biology from McMaster University in 1992 and a PhD in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph in 1995.  Following this, 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).

Bhatia relocated to McMaster at the beginning of 2006 from the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ont., 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 Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. In December 2006 he was granted a senior Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Biology.

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 that orchestrate somatic and embryonic human stem cell development. He has made several important advancements in human stem cell research, particularly related to blood forming stem cells. 

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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