Current Members

Nedaa Aljezani

PhD Student

I successfully completed my BSc in Laboratory Medicine with Honours from Umm Al-Qura university; with that achievement, came a full scholarship from my country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I received my Master degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Calgary in 2016 under Dr.Krawetz supervision. In 2017, I started my PhD where I am focusing on identifying accurate cell surface markers for synovial human MSCs in-vivo/in-situ (human) as well as examining the immune-modulatory properties of these cells.

Anand Masson

PhD Student

I am originally from Sao Paulo in Brazil, where I graduated from the Federal University of ABC, receiving my double Bachelor of Science and Technology and Biomedical Engineering in 2014. I then continued to earn my MSc from the same university focusing on tissue engineering and in vitro assays for the biological assessment of biomaterials with potential applications in orthopedics. Since 2017, I have been pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Calgary exploring the mechanisms involved in endogenous repair of articular cartilage, more specifically the role cell cycle activation within mesenchymal stem cells play in the regenerative potential of cartilage in vivo.

Nabangshu Das

PhD Student

I completed my bachelor and masters in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. My PhD research involves exploring the inflammatory signaling of Lubricin/PRG4 fragments. Altered expression and function of PRG4 is associated with changes in inflammatory signaling resulting in the joint diseases (e.g. osteoarthritis). However, the mechanism through which this occurs is unknown and deserves further rigorous study. I’ll characterize PRG4 (e.g. fragmentation pattern) in human synovial fluid samples from arthritis patients and healthy controls. Using a mass spectrometry approach, I’ll determine which proteases are cleaving PRG4 (and where) and examine the effects of these cleavages in vitro and in vivo.

Supervised with: Dr. Tannin Schmidt and Tony Dufour

Nicoletta Ninkovic

PhD Student

I hold BSc degree in Molecular Biology and MSc in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Currently, I am pursuing PhD in Krawetz lab focusing on interaction between lubricin/PRG4 and stem cells in the process of mammalian wound healing. My hypothesis is that the absence of PRG4 is associated with poorer wound healing outcomes, as well as an increased inflammatory response. My goal is to unravel the mode of action of PRG4 in wound healing and exploit it for therapeutic purposes.

Sophia Shah

MSc Student

I completed my BSc Honours in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary in 2019. I am now pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. My project focuses on characterizing the reparative and regenerative potential of epidural fat MSCs within the vertebral environment, following injury.

Alexandra Olsen

MSc Student

I completed my BSc Honours in Biotechnology from Queens University in 2019 and I am now pursuing my Masters in Biomedical Engineering! I am extremely interested in using stem cells for regenerative purposes such as fracture healing, and that is why my project is perfect for me! My project focuses on harnessing the potential of iPSCs to potentially improve osteoporotic fracture healing 😊.

Photos by Nedaa Aljezani