Jessica Esseltine, PhD

Principal Investigator

Division of BioMedical Sciences
Assistant Professor of Cancer and Development
PhD (University of Western Ontario)

I grew up in a small town in south western Ontario made famous for killing Jumbo the Elephant. I completed my PhD at Western University studying GPCR signal transduction and protein trafficking. After a brief postdoctoral fellowship in Seattle, WA, I returned to Canada to study cell-cell communication. I discovered pluripotent stem cells quite late in my training and was blown away by the idea that they can become any cell type in the body and that they can be used for personalized regenerative medicine when generated from individuals with disease.

Since moving to beautiful Newfoundland I am tackling how cells communicate with each other during cell fate specification. Additionally, with the support of the sudden cardiac death team I will use patient-derived iPSCs in order to understand hereditary heart disease in Newfoundland.

Highly Qualified Personnel

Rebecca Frohlich, MSc

I obtained my BSc in Biotechnology from Trinity Western University and spent the following 5 years working with stem cells in industry before starting the MSc program at Memorial University. I enjoy using human pluripotent stem cells to examine how cells communicate with one another as they become various tissues.

Zachary Porter

Former Lab Members

Robert Flemmer - Lab Manager. Now at Abcellera!

Ceilidh Wright - Undergraduate work-study student

Hooman Sadighian - Master's Student. Now a research assistant at McGill!

Mark Hemmings - Undergraduate Honors Student. Now a grad student at McGill!

Margaret Henley - Undergraduate Summer Student

Grace Christopher - Master's Student. Now at StemCell Technologies!