After completing her BSc at UBC, Lisa received her MSc from the University of Ottawa (2015-2018), where she studied transcriptional regulation of hypoxic respiratory and metabolic responses in African naked mole rats. While her research examined the mechanisms underlying hypoxia tolerance, the naked mole rat’s impressive immunity to cancer and negligible senescence sparked her interest in oncology, regenerative medicine, and the biology that controls lifespan. While writing her thesis, Lisa worked at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre as a Clinical Research Assistant for the Phase I Clinical Trials program. There, she realized she didn’t need to sit at a lab bench for 4 more years to improve human lives or participate in cutting edge health research so she moved back to Vancouver with her sights set on bigger and better things. As the Program Manager for BCRegMed, Lisa’s goal is to coalesce the many pillars of the community, inform policy makers, improve knowledge translation and collaboration, and ultimately accelerate access to regenerative medicine and cellular therapies for the health and welfare of British Columbians!
From an early age, Lisa has suffered from an inability to choose a single hobby and instead attempts to divide her free time between rock climbing, snowboarding, yoga, hiking, volleyball, ukulele, guitar, dance, reading, refinishing furniture, photography, and painting. She never turns down new adventures, coffee, or donuts. Lisa can be reached at [email protected].