Jennifer Thompson PhD, Principal Investigator
Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology and member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute and Alberta Children's Health Research Institute at the University of Calgary. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology at Western University in London, Ontario, and subsequently undertook postdoctoral training in the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She is a National Heart and Stroke Foundation New Investigator and past recipient of the Perinatal Research Society New Investigator & Cassady Presidential Award.
Taylor Scheidl, PhD student
Taylor Scheidl has an Honours Degree in Physiology from the University of Alberta and has recently transferred to a PhD program. Her interests lie in the developmental origins of obesity. In the Thompson lab, Taylor's research focuses on stem cells and programming of adipose tissue dysfunction in offspring of obese dams. Taylor is a recipient of the Giving Day Scholarship, a graduate scholarship from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, and a doctoral scholarship from the Libin Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiate. She is also passionate about knowledge translation and has collaborated with partners at the University of Calgary to spearhead a community outreach program designed to address childhood obesity through enhancing health literacy among youth.
Jessica Wager, Master's student
Jessica Wager completed her undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary. Funded by a summer student scholarship, Jessica collaborated on a project that revealed a novel role for reactive oxygen species in regulation adipogenesis. After joining our lab as a master's student in September 2022, she will extend this work to explore the role of redox signaling in mediating cross-talk between adipocytes and the progenitor pool and identify the molecular pathways involved.
Sarah Easson MSc
Sarah Easson completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and recently completed a MSc in our laboratory. Her work revealed that exposure to a low-dose of BPS impaired microvascular endothelial function through the promotion of oxidative stress and eNOS uncoupling. Her work was recently accepted to Environmental International.
Radha Singh PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
Dr. Radha Singh embarked on postdoctoral research in our laboratory after completing a PhD at the Department of Developmental Toxicology at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research while registered at the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in New Delhi. Radha's work in our laboratory was supported by a Kertland fellowship from the Libin Cardiovascular Institute and a fellowship from the Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation. Her work identified oxidative stress as a unifying mechanism that explains the adipogenesis-enhancing effect of BPA and its structural analogues. Radha has recently joined the University of California San Francisco to pursue the next step in her career.