We aim to discover basic mechanisms that control gene expression and epigenetic reprogramming. We strive to apply this knowledge through manipulation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to model human disease and test potential therapies for personalized medicine.

James Ellis, PhD

Senior Scientist
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Department of Molecular Genetics
The University of Toronto
Flow chart for Ellis lab research

Ongoing research in our group centers on disease modeling and drug screening using induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells. Initially we used a novel EOS reporter vector to reprogram patient fibroblasts into iPS cells and more recently we perform CRISPR gene editing to create isogenic cell pairs. Next, Neural Progenitor Cells (NPC) are generated to produce neurons for defining phenotypes and expression patterns that are related to Rett syndrome (RTT) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

We also collaborate with the Mital lab to evaluate the cardiomyocyte phenotype of pediatric cardiomyopathies. Drug testing is then performed to rescue the patient-specific in vitro phenotypes. Overall, our goal is to utilize reprogramming technology to repurpose or identify novel drugs for personalized medicine.

Recent Publications

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