Emily Gilbert shares her research into neuroregeneration, and the implication on future treatments.
Emily Gilbert completed her MSc and PhD at the University of Guelph. During her PhD, she worked in the lab of Dr. Matt Vickaryous where she investigated the role of neural stem/progenitor cells during tail regeneration in the leopard gecko. In 2017, Emily began her postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto in the lab of Dr. Cindi Morshead. Currently, her work aims to enhance the response of resident stem/progenitor cells and improve structural and functional recovery following a range of injuries within the central nervous system including spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. In 2018, Emily was awarded with an American Association of Anatomists postdoctoral fellowship to complete this work.
Her long-term research goal is to establish a comparative regenerative medicine program that focuses on the advancing our understanding of the cellular and environmental requirements for successful regeneration. Her approach is to learn from species such as fish, urodeles and lizards, who can regenerate central nervous system structures to better inform regenerative medicine approaches by mimicking the cellular responses, developmental cues and environmental conditions that support spontaneous repair.