Scientific Advisory Committee

Ian Rogers

Dr. Ian Rogers

Dr. Ian Rogers completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at The University of Toronto (U of T), graduating with his PhD in Embryology, Zoology in 1999. He finished his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at U of T in 2002.

He is an Associate Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, where he has been conducting research since 2003. His research interests include the study of blood stem cells and their use in regenerative medicine, and how stem cell therapies may be able to treat peripheral vascular disease, non-healing diabetic skin wounds and kidney disease. His laboratory is currently developing novel ways to build new organs using the scaffolding of decellularized animal organs such as kidney, ovary and pancreas. He’s currently the Principal Investigator for four on-going research projects. His lab has published on stem cell–based therapies, including multiple papers in the journal Nature as part of a large collaborative projected headed by Dr. A. Nagy. Dr. Rogers lab employs biologists as well as engineers and has collaborations at the local, national and international level.

He serves as a Scientist for the Ontario Institute for Regenerative medicine, and as Research Scientist for the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre at U of T. He reviews manuscripts for twenty peer-reviewed journals.

In 2004, Dr. Rogers co–founded Canada’s first, and largest, cord blood bank, first located at Mount Sinai Hospital and now managed by Insception Lifebank.

Dr. Rogers lives in Toronto with his wife and trains for marathons in his spare time.

Sara Vasconcelos

Dr. Sara Vasconcelos

Dr. Sara Vasconcelos completed both her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), graduating with a PhD in Vascular Biology in 2006. She did postdoctoral fellowship work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Cell biology Department and at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute at the University of Louisville (USA). She moved to Toronto to complete her postdoctoral training in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Dr. Vasconcelos was recruited to the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network, in 2012, where she and her team are working to develop innovative tools for regenerative medicine applications, with a keen interest in finding novel ways to treat cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Work in her lab focuses on vascularization strategies and cardiac tissue engineering. She also holds an Assistant professor appointment with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She is an active member of the Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program at U of T, the Banting and Best Diabetes Center at U of T, the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence at U of T.

Dr. Vasconcelos work has led to patent applications and licensing and has been published in multiple high impact journals such as Nature Methods and Biomaterials. She is the Principal Investigator on eight on-going research projects, receiving funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Science and Engineering Council (NSERC), amongst others. She also received multiple awards during her career, including the Early Researchers Award from the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science and the Medical Research Award from the JP Bickel Foundation. She is acts as a reviewer and committee member for CHIR and has acted as external reviewer for the NSERC, the European Research Council, the medical Research Council (UK) and others.