COVID-safe Lab Lunch, October 2021
Principal Investigator: Peter J. Thompson, PhD
Peter completed his BSc in Genetics and MSc in Molecular Biology at the University of Alberta. He went on to a PhD in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia where he studied epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in embryonic stem cells. He carried out his postdoctoral training at the Diabetes Center at University of California San Francisco, where he began applying his prior training in gene regulation and cell fate to investigate beta cell biology and diabetes. In 2020 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pathophysiology and a Principal Investigator in the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) at the University of Manitoba. Outside the lab, he enjoys resistance training, playing music, exploring the outdoors, checking out new restaurants and chess.
Research Technician: Gabriel Brawerman, MSc
Gabriel completed his BSc in Genetics (Honours) and MSc in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba. His thesis focused on the effects of Resveratrol supplementation in a gestational diabetic pregnancy to determine whether it would prevent adverse outcomes in the offspring. His MSc work has been published in the Journal of Physiology. After his MSc training, he was hired as a technician in the laboratory of Dr. Vern Dolinsky at CHRIM to further develop his skills and techniques. He is very excited to be joining the Thompson lab where he is hoping to learn many more techniques that will further his career as well as help students with their research goals. Outside the lab, he enjoys watching TV and soccer, following the news, listening to music, walking, video games, eating good food and hanging out with family and friends.
Postbaccalaureate student: Jasmine Pipella, BSc
Jasmine completed her BSc with a major in Biochemistry from the University of Jamestown in June 2021. In September, she joined the lab as a Postbac student in the Department of Physiology & Pathophysiology for her lab rotation in PHGY5012. Jasmine's project will examine the intersection of ER stress and the Unfolded Protein Response in beta cell senescence using mouse cell line models.
Interested in joining the team?
Dr. Thompson is always interested in hearing from talented and qualified prospective undergrad summer students, grad students and postdocs. Please see the guidelines on applying to the lab and currently open positions below.
The Thompson lab is not currently recruiting postdocs. Please check back in 2022.
Graduate Student positions.
Graduate student recruitment for Fall 2021 is now closed. Thank you to all students who applied and inquired. Please check back for updates for the next recruitment cycle in 2022.
Summer 2022 undergraduate student positions.
Dr. Thompson is seeking to recruit one summer undergrad student to work on a project related to: 1) Senescence in other islet cell types in Type 1 Diabetes or 2) microRNA biomarkers for senescent beta cells in Type 1 Diabetes. Please check back in November for updates on this opportunity.