Heidi is a graduate of McGill (B.Sc ’91, Ph.D with Gordon Shore in ’96) and completed her post-doctoral training in the lab of Marino Zerial at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany in 2000. She trained in the fields of mitochondrial protein import and the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis, Rab activation and SNARE assembly. As an independent investigator, her group has focused on understanding the fundamental behaviour of the mitochondria and how they are integrated into the cellular environment. She started her research lab at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (2000-2011), and then moved to McGill University where she is now a Full Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with a cross appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. She is honoured to teach and train an amazing and brilliant cohort of undergraduates, grad students and post-doctoral fellows, without whom there would be nothing! She is engaged in a number of meaningful collaborations both within the Rare Neurological Disease Group at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and with my colleagues around the world. As a basic science lab, they work hard to apply and test our discoveries within multiple disease paradigms; something only made possible through active, fun and enriching collaboration. Together they are a dynamic, creative and multidisciplinary team tackling the complex problems of neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinsons, Huntingtons, Multiple Sclerosis, and various forms of Ataxias.
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