Principal Investigator

David Knapp

Cellular Engineering

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David Knapp completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he used single cell techniques to study the regulation of hematopoietic stem cell survival, proliferation, self-renewal, and differentiation.

He then performed his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford where he worked to develop tools for genome engineering and synthetic biology. He has now joined IRIC as a Principal Investigator where he is putting these tools together to study the molecular basis of cell identity.

Principal Investigator, Cellular Engineering Research Unit, IRIC

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Cellular Engineering Research Unit

Marcelle-Coutu Pavilion, 2306-11

Phone (office)
(514) 343-6111, ext. 5265
(514) 343-7780

Cellular Engineering

David Knapp and his team are working to understand the molecular landscape which defines cell identity and how this is dysregulated in cancer establishment and progression. This will facilitate the production of cells for regenerative medicine and allow the development of new therapies for cancer treatment.

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Awards and distinctions

  • Supporting Learning Award, SEDA Professional Development Framework, 2019

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2016-2019

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2012-2015

  • CGS Master’s Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2012

  • Transplantation Research Training Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2010-2011