Natasha Chang

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Natasha Chang
Contact Information

McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 promenade Sir-William-Osler
Office: Room 805C; Lab: Room 805
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6

Email address: 
natasha.chang [at]
Office: 514-398-7282
Lab: 514-398-5928
Stem cell biology

2011 – PhD, McGill University

Current research: 

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

The focus of the Chang lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate adult stem cell function during tissue homeostasis and regeneration. Muscle stem cells (also known as satellite cells) are responsible for the remarkable regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle and serve as an excellent model system for studying stem cell biology. We use biochemistry, molecular and cell biology approaches to determine how muscle stem cell quiescence, activation, self-renewal and differentiation processes are distinctly regulated. Dysregulation of these pathways that control muscle stem cell function are contributing causes of muscle degeneration, aging and disease. Our lab employs disease models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and rhabdomyosarcoma to investigate how impaired stem cell function leads to degenerative disease and cancer. Ultimately, these findings will allow us to gain insight into human disease mechanisms and design novel regenerative medicine strategies.

Selected publications: 
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