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Bhaskar Chanda, Ph.d. currently works as a Project Manager and Associate Scientist at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine of the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bhaskar Chanda is a results-oriented executive with excellent analytical and problem solving skills and strengths in leadership, multi-tasking, and interpersonal abilities. As a growth-focused manager at UHN's McEwen Centre for Renegerative Medicine, he leads the organization and development of teams to address scientific challenges in producing stem cell derivatives for commercial and therapeutic purposes.

In 2006, Bhaskar Chanda received his Bachelor of Engineering from the Institute of Technology and Marine Engineering (ITME) in India. During this time, Chanda received the Award for Excellence and was ranked 1st among 922 engineering students for four consecutive years (GPA – 9.01/10). He later went on to obtain a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Alberta in Canada. While pursuing his graduate degree, Bhaskar managed to secure $168,000 in scholarships, including the prestigious CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (he ranked 2nd out of 727 nationwide applicants). In 2013, Bhaskar Chanda received a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Keller, who is the director of the stem cell research facility in Toronto, a leader of the international stem cell research consortium, ranks in the list of top 25 Transformational Canadians, selected by Cisco Canada and The Globe and Mail.

As a PhD student, Bhaskar Chanda has published his research work many top peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Cell and Human Molecular Genetics. Chanda’s additional awards include the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Text Book Technology Grant, Alcon Research Travel Award, and the Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award. Bhaskar Chanda's past and present scientific association memberships include The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Alberta Vision Science Symposia, Indian Society of Human Genetics, Genetic Society of Canada, International Society for Stem Cell Research, and Keystone Symposia Hematopoiesis.

  • 09/2008 to 06/2013
    : University of Toronto
    : Doctor of Philosophy
    : Toronto, Canada
    : Designed and performed experiments; analyzed data and wrote manuscripts that resulted in scientific publications; presented research in national and international conferences; expertise in culturing and differentiation of mouse and human embryonic stem cells (ESCs); generated gene-targeted ESC lines; proficient in transplantation of human and mouse ESC derivatives into mice; proficient in dissection of staged mouse embryos; in depth knowledge in Flow cytometry analyses; expertise in biochemical assays – western blot, luciferase, phosphoflow; performed and analyzed microarrays; pharmacological expertise in determining specificity of small molecules; isolation and purification of human CD45+, CD34+, and enriched hematopoietic stem cell fraction from cord blood, human fetal liver (staged isolation), and human bone marrow; transplantation of FACS sorted human HSCs into immunocompromised mice; cryo-preservation of cord blood, and bone marrow cell populations; identification of novel human HSC markers by microarray and transplantation analyses
  • 09/2006 to 05/2008
    : University of Alberta
    : Master of Science
    : Edmonton, Alberta
    : Department of Ophthalmology and Medical Genetics. Identified and characterized genetic factors involved in ocular disorders, such as glaucoma, though a combined use of microarray analyses, q-PCR, Long-range PCR, Micro-satellite genotyping and sequencing.
Career History
  • 06/2013 to 12/2099
    : Project Manager and Scientific Associate
    : Toronto
    : Designed, prepared and supervised research projects; initiated new collaborative projects between different research centres, and academic institutes; wrote national grants to secure funding for scientific projects.
  • N/A to N/A
    : Medical Practice
    : Boston
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  • Project Management
  • Associate Scientist
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Writing
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Medical Biophysics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Photography
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