Anna Badner


Goal for 2013: Aspiring to present my current work (and ideas for the future) with fluency and confidence, I hope to improve my presentation skills and scientific vocabulary.

Anna Badner is currently a graduate student (MSc Candidate) in Dr. Fehlings’ lab, studying the modulation of vascular disruption and blood-spinal cord barrier repair with mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) following spinal cord injury. She is particularly interested in the relationship between pericytes and MSCs, and their role in blood-spinal cord barrier maintenance.

Originally from Caledon, Ontario, Anna obtained her BSc (hons) at the University of Ottawa with a specialization in biochemistry. She has a broad spectrum of research experience, ranging from computational protein design to conservation biology and cardiovascular tissue engineering. Her fourth year thesis was completed under the supervision of Dr. Erik Suuronen at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, where she was involved in the assessment of chitosan-derived hydrogel biomaterials and progenitor cell therapeutics as approaches for coronary revascularization. She hopes to apply her knowledge of cell-mediated therapeutic neovascularization to address the primary insult of spinal cord injury.

Outside of the lab, Anna enjoys hiking, rock climbing and photography. She is also an avid snowboarder and, having obtained her Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) level 1 certification, teaches snowboarding on the side.