Julie Matte (Canada)

I was born and raised in the beautiful summers and cold (but also beautiful) winters of Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. During my bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa, my research focused on evaluating the potential of a chimera to enhance the activity of interleukin-7 on various functions of CD8+ T-cells. I then pursued my studies and interest in stem cells by obtaining a masters from the Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany. By harnessing the potential of induced pluripotent stem cells, my master’s thesis culminated in building an in vitro disease model of the Crigler-Najjar Syndrome, a genetic disease of the liver. I joined the Anderson team as an advanced research assistant with the objective of developing and applying cutting-edge assays to determine the functional significance of genetic variants associated with inflammatory bowel syndrome in various immune cells. I look forward to applying my previous immunology and stem cell skills to various projects, while learning more about genetics and bio-informatics. When I am not wearing my lab coat, I have my head in a book or I am looking for new travel destinations to taste great food and discover new cultures.