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Jillian Stobart, PhD

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We are currently recruiting MSc students to work on projects related to astrocytes or pericytes in Alzheimer's Disease models. Ideal candidates will have a background in biology and a strong interest in neuroscience. Previous experience with animal models, microscopy, or coding languages (Python, MATLAB, etc.) is beneficial, but not required.

Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - College of Pharmacy
University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba, Other Program

Research Information

pericytes, astrocytes, cerebral blood flow, somatosensory cortex

A brief biography:
• PhD (2012) from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba
• Post-Doctoral fellowship (2012-2018) at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich
• Assistant Professor in Pharmacy since 2018
• U of M Centre on Aging Research Affiliate
• Recipient of the CIHR Early Career Investigator Award in Circulatory and Respiratory Health and the Falconer Emerging Researcher Award

Expanded Summary
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The overall goal of research in the Stobart lab is to define how brain circuits are wired for optimal function and how this is coupled to nearby blood flow to ensure proper energy supply. These are fundamental principles of brain physiology that must be understood in order to comprehend pathological changes during neurodegenerative diseases.

More specifically, Dr. Stobart is focused on the functional roles of glial cells known as astrocytes and vascular cells known as pericytes in healthy brain tissue. She is also studying how these cells may change during aging or neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. The long term goal of this research aims develop new therapies targeting astrocytes and pericytes to treat brain disorders.

To achieve these goals, Dr. Stobart uses state-of-the-art two photon microscopy and novel genetic tools targeted specifically to pericytes and astrocytes. This allows molecular signaling pathways in in these cells to be studied in real-time in order to understand their contribution to brain circuit function and blood flow control.
For more information, please see her lab website.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7765-1408

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