Short CV/Education and training

Current positions

    President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

    Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children

    University Professor, University of Toronto


  • 2014
    LL.D. (honoris causa), University of Windsor

  • 2014
    D.Sc. (honoris causa), University of British Columbia

  • 2013
    LL.D. (honoris causa), Mount Allison University

  • 2005
    LL.D. (honoris causa), Dalhousie University

  • 1976
    Ph.D. Mammalian Development, Cambridge

  • 1972
    B.A. (M.A.) Hons. Zoology, 1st class, Oxford

Selected publications

  • Nagy, A., Rossant, J., Nagy, R., Abramow-Newerley, W. and Roder, J.C. (1993). Derivation of completely cell culture-derived mice from early-passage embryonic stem cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 90: 8424-8.

  • Tanaka, S., Kunath, T., Hadjantonakis, A.K., Nagy, A. and Rossant, J. (1998). Promotion of trophoblast stem cell proliferation by FGF4. Science. 282: 2072-5.

  • Niwa, H., Toyooka, Y., Shimosato, D., Strumpf, D., Takahashi, K., Yagi, R., Rossant, J. (2005) Interaction between Oct3/4 and Cdx2 Determines trophectoderm differentiation. Cell. 123: 917-29.

  • Shalaby, F., Ho, J., Stanford, W.L., Fischer, K.D., Schuh, A.C., Schwartz, L., Bernstein, A. and Rossant, J. (1997). A requirement for Flk1 in primitive and definitive hematopoiesis and vasculogenesis. Cell 89: 981-90.

  • Wong AP, Bear CE, Chin S, Pasceri P, Thompson TO, Huan LJ, Ratjen F, Ellis J, Rossant J. (2012). Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into mature airway epithelia expressing functional CFTR protein. Nat Biotechnol. 30, 876–882.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences USA Gene Editing working group, 2015 – 2016

  • Chair, Board of Scientific Counsellors, Jackson Laboratory, since 2015

  • REBIRTH International Advisory Board, University of Hannover, since 2015

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, DanStem, Copenhagen, since 2012

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Advisory Board, 2009 – 2017

Additional qualifications

  • LL.D. (honoris causa), Dalhousie University, 2005

  • LL.D. (honoris causa), Mount Allison University, 2013

  • D.Sc. (honoris causa), University of British Columbia, 2014

  • LL.D. (honoris causa), University of Windsor, 2014

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Senior Executive leader in health research. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Successful project leader and coordinator of major research infrastructures and programs

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, one son. Enjoys travel and cooking.


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