I am currently a Research Associate in Pediatric Orthopaedics at The University of British Columbia. My experience in PEMM, although extremely different from the direct clinical research work I am doing now, gave me an important foundation to build upon to get me to where I am today. The collaborative nature of the PEMM program really allowed me to see what could be accomplished to improve the lives of patients when researchers and medical doctors work in concert to bring research findings from the bench to the bedside.
Schaeffer EK, West RJ, Conine SJ, Lowrey CH. Multiple physical stresses induce γ-globin gene expression and fetal hemoglobin production in erythroid cells. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2014; 52(4):214-24.
Macari ER, Schaeffer EK, West RJ, Lowrey CH. Simvastatin and t-butylhydroquinone suppress KLF1 and BCL11A gene expression and additively increase fetal hemoglobin in primary human erythroid cells. Blood. 2013; 121(5):830-9.