Dr. Simon Hirota is a tenured Associate Professor in the Departments of Physiology & Pharmacology and Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM). He holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Host-Microbe Interactions and Chronic Disease, and is the Lloyd Sutherland Professor in IBD & GI Research. Dr. Hirota chairs the Inflammation Research Network in the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and sits on the Institute’s Executive Council, and is also the Director of the University of Calgary’s IITB. A faculty member since 2012, Dr. Hirota brings strong expertise in understanding how the commensal microbiota contribute to health through their interactions with the intestinal mucosa. Dr. Hirota has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, 2700 citations and an h-index of 21, highlighting his productivity as a maturing principal investigator. He received the CCC “Rising Star” award in 2016. Publications & website.
Dr. Wally MacNaughton is Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the CSM, and is a member of the Snyder Institute Executive Council. A faculty member since 1996, he brings a wealth of experience in epithelial biology and pathophysiology, leadership and project management. Dr. MacNaughton has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 6400 citations and an h-index of 41, attesting to the impact he has had in the field. He has held board positions with the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. He previously held a CCC IBD Scientist Award and received the CCC Research Leadership Award in 2016. He is currently a member of the Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes at CIHR. Publications & Website
Dr. Marilyn Gordon (Technical Director) brings expertise in patient-oriented research, clinical trials, epithelial pathophysiology, organoid systems technology, and platform and project management. Her broad expertise, gained at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, will strengthen the translational theme of the project while managing and driving technological development of the platform. Dr. Gordon’s training in cellular biology and biochemistry will provide significant input into the development of novel bioassays and integrated tissue cultures within the scope of the platform. Dr. Gordon will draw on her expertise in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and other HQP to lead the training component of the program. Publications
Elizabeth has a BSc and MSc in pharmacology both from the University of Alberta. During her career Elizabeth has worked on projects ranging from diabetes to MS to autism. Elizabeth brings to lab experience using a variety of techniques including islet isolation, western blots, qPCR, cell culture, and animal work. Elizabeth has been working at University of Calgary since 2008 and joined the MacNaughton lab as a cell culture technician in the Human Tissue Research Platform in March 2019