Dr. Janet Rossant is a world-renowned developmental biologist. She is the Chief of Research Emeritus and Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. She also holds the position of President and Director of the Gairdner Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Rossant is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Paediatrics at the University of Toronto (U of T).
Her research focuses on understanding the role of genes in embryo development. Her interests in the early embryo have led to the discovery of a novel placental stem cell type, the trophoblast stem cell.?
Dr. Rossant has received several prestigious awards, including the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award and the CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research, Canada’s most prestigious health research award.
2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Laureate