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Joanna Stanicka, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Research Fellow in Prof. Zhigang He laboratory in Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Joanna Stanicka is a research fellow in Prof. Zhigang He laboratory in Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, laboratory that by discovering PTEN-deletion induced regeneration revolutionized the neuroregeneration field.

For the past 7 years, Dr. Stanicka has been studying the signaling pathways that control and stimulate the phenomenon of cell growth in health, and a wide range of diseases such as cancer and neuroregeneration. She received her doctorate degree in Prof. Thomas Cotter’s laboratory and post-doctoral training in Prof. Rosemary O’Connor’s laboratory in University College Cork. She has spent the last 2 years of her work in Dr. Zhigang He’s neuroregeneration lab where, by using CRISPR-Cas9 and AAV technology, she was exploring novel axon regeneration mechanisms in central nervous system.

Throughout her career, from undergraduate to postdoctoral research fellow, she has been always interested in genetics, particularly on its impact on healthy and disease states of the cell, and the utility of gene therapy to directly apply this knowledge to develop treatments for patients. She would like to use her strong multidisciplinary training in genetics, biochemistry, cell biology and neuroscience, combined with her natural leadership and project management skills, to develop nucleic acid drugs and gene therapy tools to treat neurological diseases.

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