Principal Investigator

Derrick Rancourt, PhD

Professor, Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, University of Calgary
Director of Clara Christie Centre for Mouse Genomics, Director of ESTM Facility
Deputy Director, McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health. Associate Scientific Staff Member, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Member, Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute

  • B.Sc (Guelph)
  • Ph.D (Kingston)
  • PDF (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Research Associates

Guoliang Meng (Ph.D, Cell Biology, Peking University, China)

Dr. Meng received his MSc and Ph.D in genetics and cell biology from Peking University. Since the early 90s, he had been working on developing and characterizing mouse embryonic stem cell lines. From then on, he had derived and characterized over 70 mouse ES cell lines from 7 different mouse strains and further expanded his work to include rabbit, bovine and porcine ES-like colonies. In 2000, he began to isolate human embryonic stem cells from human blastocyst stage embryos and for the first time in China, he isolated human ES cells from 2 embryos and passaged to six generations. Dr. Meng joined the Rancourt lab in 2003 first as a postdoctoral fellow, then a research associate. His main research currently focuses on (1) Derivation and expansion of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines in xeno-free, chemically defined conditions; (2) Scale-up culture of hESCs and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in bioreactors; (3) Conversion of hESCs from primed state to naïve state and derivation of naïve hiPSCs from human fibroblasts in bioreactors.

List of Dr. Meng's Publications


Postdoctoral Fellows

Charlie Hsu (PhD, Medical Sciences, University of Alberta)

Leili Rohanisarvestani (PhD, Molecular Medicine, University of Leipzig)


Graduate Students

Summer Helmi
PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Leila Larijani
PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Recent Alumni/Graduates

Yulia Shulga
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Anna Poon
Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Copenhagen

Ben Zhang
Stem Cell Technologies

Perla Cota
ESBE Scientific