James Ellis, PhD
Senior Scientist
Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7295

Senior Scientist, SickKids Research Institute, Toronto. Ellis is the Scientific Co-director of the Ontario Human Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Facility funded by the Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation. Dr. Ellis has a BSc Honors in Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University (1984), and a PhD in Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto (1990). His Post-doctoral fellowship was performed in Gene Structure and Expression at NIMR in Mill Hill London, UK. In 1994, Dr. Ellis joined The Hospital for Sick Children as Scientist and was promoted to Senior Scientist in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in 2000. James Ellis brings strength in retrovirology, gene silencing and epigenetics to reprogramming somatic cells. The Ellis lab was the first to develop a vector for enriching human iPS cell isolation from normal controls and patients to study human disease including autism spectrum disorders. This technology is now being applied to patients with congenital heart defects. Heleads an Emerging Team in Regenerative Medicine funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. He has published a total of 38 papers, 10 book chapters, 87 abstracts and 2 patents, and presented 35 invited talks in the past 5 years.  

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