The Bruin Lab has its first successful grant application! Thank you to the NSERC Discovery Grant program for funding our project entitled: Mechanisms Underlying the Regulation of Beta Cell Function by Environmental Pollutants.
Dr. Bruin presents at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library for Carleton University's Science Café series. These public presentations are entertaining, informative, and free! In Dr. Bruin's talk, titled “Using Human Stem Cells for Treating and Understanding Diabetes”, she explains how human stem cells are a promising alternative cell source for islet transplantation to treat diabetes, and a powerful tool to model pancreas development in the lab.
Before any research could begin, we had to build a stem cell culture facility in the lab. Above are a few pictures that show the stages of this process. The final product was worth the wait - it's gorgeous!
The Bruin lab welcomes our first official lab member, Kayleigh Rick! Kayleigh recently completed her MSc in the department with Dr. Bruce McKay and is joining our group as a lab technician. Kayleigh's first undertaking was helping to clean up the new lab (a serious task!).
Dr. Bruin starts her position as an Assistant Professor at Carleton University in the Department of Biology, as of Sept 1 2016. The Bruin Lab is primarily interested in studying the pathogenesis of diabetes, with a focus on insulin-secreting beta cells.