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Freda Miller

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar
Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurobiology
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Cell and Molecular Developmental Neurobiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
Founder of Aegera Therapeutics Inc.


Years Active in the IMS: 2002 - Present

I have been part of IMS as a Professor and graduate mentor since I arrived in Toronto from McGill University in 2002, and it has been a highly rewarding experience for the entirety of that time.  While I have done a number of things within the aegis of the IMS, the most memorable for me has been the graduate training – I have now graduated 9 PhD or MD/PhD students and am currently supervising another 4 IMS students.  In this regard, one of the particular joys of my scientific life has been the opportunity to interact with and guide these graduate students.  I view them as my “second family”, with all that entails.  Yes, sometimes it means that I worry and fret about them, but that is more than balanced out by their infectious enthusiasm, creative new ideas and my pride in their progress as scientists.  The opportunity to interact with my graduate students keeps me excited about our work, and it keeps me, in a sense, eternally young intellectually.  It is in large part due to these interactions and the inspired work of my graduate students that I have been awarded a number of international awards, including an HHMI Senior International Scientist Award, and elected memberships in the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for Advancement of Science.  I am extremely proud of all of my trainees and would like to thank all of them, and their host department, IMS, for the chance to make a scientific contribution while at the same time enjoying my work just as much now as I did when I was a graduate student.