Meet the Lindsey Lab Team

The principal investigator and team members at the Lindsey Lab are committed to high quality research training in a supporting learning environment. Trainees joining the lab can expect stimulating and challenging projects at the leading edge of neural stem cell research. Specific projects are designed with Dr. Lindsey, taking into account the level of technical experience and research background of trainees. Opportunities to collaborate with other laboratories, and with other animal models, are also available on a project-to-project basis.

Fundamental to the Lindsey Lab is that trainees have the opportunity to develop and expand their technical skillset, critical thinking, as well as their written and oral scientific communication. These skills form the foundation not only for a successful career in academic research, but are transferable to a wide range of careers, including government, public health, medicine, and the private sector. All projects in the Lindsey Lab are publication driven, and as such, provide trainees with experience in data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing, and the peer review process. Attendance at local, national, and international conferences provide trainees with the chance to showcase and discuss their research findings with other students and colleagues and develop their professional skills. Additionally, Dr. Lindsey encourages more experienced trainees to contribute to the direct training of more junior members of his team.

Principal Investigator, Benjamin Lindsey, PhD

Dr. Lindsey completed his BSc at the University of Guelph, where he majored in Zoology with a minor in Neuroscience. His combined interest in animal behaviour and the nervous system led him to Dalhousie University to pursue his MSc using the zebrafish model to study swimbladder development, training with Dr. Frank Smith in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology/Neuroscience.

In 2008, Dr. Lindsey began his PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Tropepe in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. His research focus on neural stem cell organization and behaviour in the zebrafish brain was recognized by NSERC with a doctoral scholarship. Here, he mapped the ultrastructural composition of adult neurogenic niches of the mature zebrafish brain. During his doctoral thesis, Dr. Lindsey further developed methods to study adult neural stem cell plasticity to understanding the relationship between adult neurogenesis and the external environment.

In the Spring of 2014, Dr. Lindsey joined the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University as an NSERC-funded postdoctoral fellow, where he trained with one of the world leaders in zebrafish neural stem cells and regeneration – Dr. Jan Kaslin. During this time, Dr. Lindsey studied the molecular and cellular regulation of active and quiescent neural stem cell populations for brain regeneration.

In 2017, Dr. Lindsey returned to Canada for his second postdoctoral fellowship with spinal cord and neuroplasticity expert Dr. Tuan Bui, at the University of Ottawa, Brain and Mind Research Institute. During this second, CIHR-funded postdoctoral position, Dr. Lindsey developed larval and adult spinal cord injury models to study the mechanisms regulating spinal cord regeneration. In February 2019, Dr. Lindsey joined the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor, where he is establishing the first Zebrafish Facility for neural stem cell research.

Team Members

Suhaila Selamat

Research Technician

Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science

Lidia Trzuskot

MSc Candidate Fall 2019

Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science

Project: Neural regeneration

Fernando Rubio

International Research Internship Fall 2019

Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science

Project: Stem cell niche development


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