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Daria Wojtal

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Director of Research at Muscular Dystrophy Canada

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Biography

Dr. Daria Wojtal is the Director of Research at Muscular Dystrophy Canada. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Cohn at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology. Her research focus was on CRISPR-based gene therapies, animal model generation, and next generation sequencing of structural and copy number variants. Over the years Daria has also taught about Gene Editing at the University of Toronto and Michener Institute at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Also during her training she completed coursework and an internship with the SickKids Knowledge Translation Team.
Currently at MDC Daria oversees Research Investments including the design, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive business strategies, budgets, plans and procedures related to the research portfolio and its funding opportunities as well as the generation and review of medical and scientific educational content. Daria is a strong supporter for the involvement of individuals personally impacted by NMD in research at all stages of its development as well as cultivation of basic as well as clinical research in Canada.

Recent publications

Wojtal, D, Kemaladewi, DU, Malam, Z, Abdullah, S, Wong, TW, Hyatt, E et al.. Spell Checking Nature: Versatility of CRISPR/Cas9 for Developing Treatments for Inherited Disorders. Am J Hum Genet. 2016.98 (1)90-101 PMID:26686765

Chaudhary, R, Pierre, CC, Nanan, K, Wojtal, D, Morone, S, Pinelli, C et al.. The POZ-ZF transcription factor Kaiso (ZBTB33) induces inflammation and progenitor cell differentiation in the murine intestine. PLoS One. 2013.8 (9)e74160 PMID:24040197

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