Professor

Derek van der Kooy

Molecular Genetics

PhD

Location
Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomedical Research
Address
160 College Street, Room 1102, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 3E1
Research Interests
Learning and memory, Motivation, Mutational analyses, Stem cells

The van der Kooy lab works on various stem cell biology and developmental biology research projects, including stem cells in organisms from Drosophila to humans. We produced the first report of stem cells in the adult mammalian eye. We also have isolated a rare stem cell from the adult mouse and human pancreas that can show extensive proliferation under defined conditions in vitro. Of interest to the lab is the lineage of neural stem cells from pluripotent embryonic stem cells, with relevance to the origin of the earliest neural stem cell in the developing embryo. The lab also studies the neural circuit underlying motivation and demonstrated the neural mechanisms underlying psychoactive drug addiction. Finally, we investigate the genes underlying learning and memory in C. elegans and mice.

Courses taught

  • ROP299Y1/399Y1
  • ANA 498
  • PSL404H1F
  • MGY480Y1
  • MMG1011
  • Molecular Genetics Graduate Topic Course: Stem Cells 1

Awards

  • 2021 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Cross-affiliations

  • Institute of Medical Science (IMS)
  • Donnelly Centre

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