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​​​​​​​​​​UHN researcher wants to eliminate the need for electronic pacemakers.

Air Date: October 29, 2020 | Length: 30:27

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Stephanie Protze

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In this episode of Behind the Breakthrough, we sit down with Dr. Stephanie Protze, Scientist at UHN’s McEwen Stem Cell Institute, to hear the story of a high school class field trip to Dresden, Germany, led her to become an award-winning scientist pioneering the creation of new heart cells to restore the heart's pacemaker function. The ultimate goal -- to develop biological pacemakers that one day work better than the electronic devices that are the current standard of care.

While working toward her PhD at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, Dr. Protze was offered a position in the lab of Dr. Gordon Keller, a world-renowned scientist, at UHN. Despite English being her second language, Dr. Protze successfully completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship and after interviewing all over the world for a faculty position she decided to stay in Toronto at UHN to continue her ground-breaking work.

About Dr. Protze

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Dr. Stephanie Protze obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 from the Dresden University of Technology (Germany), in the Molecular Biotechnology program. She joined the International Max Planck Research School in the laboratories of Drs. Ursula Ravens and Elly Tanaka and graduated with a PhD in Cell Biology and Biomedicine from the University of Dresden in 2012. For her Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Protze trained in the laboratory of Dr. Gordon Keller at the McEwen Stem Cell Institute at UHN. In August 2018, Dr. Protze joined UHN as a Scientist and started her independent research group.

Stephanie Protze


Producer By: Jordana Goldman and Maria Madden | Host: Christian Cote | Audio Editing and Mixing: 217 Audio