Anastasia Nijnik

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Anastasia Nijnik
Contact Information

Department of Physiology and Complex Traits Group
McGill University
Life Sciences Complex (Bellini)
Room 368
3649 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montréal, Québec H3G 0B1

Email address: 
anastasia.nijnik [at]
Cell and Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Training - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK – 2010-2011
Postdoctoral Training - University of British Columbia, BC, Canada – 2006-2011
D.Phil. (Doctorate) - University of Oxford, UK – 2002-2006
M.Biochem. (B.Sc. equivalent) - University of Oxford, UK – 1998-2002

Current research: 

Research Description:  Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Functions, Lymphocyte Differentiation, and Immune Response by Histone Deubiquitinase MYSM1.

My research team investigates the process of blood and immune cell differentiation from hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow. Specifically, we are addressing the role of chromatin interacting deubiquitinase MYSM1 in the stem cells and progenitor cells of the bone marrow, and its molecular mechanisms of action in the regulation by gene expression and DNA damage response signalling. These studies have potential implications for human bone marrow failure syndromes and hematological malignancies. The research program uses novel transgenic mouse and stem cell models. My other research interests include the immunomodulatory properties of natural and synthetic host-defense peptides and potential activities of this class of compounds on the bone marrow.

Selected publications: 
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