Morshead, C.M.


morshead2Cindi M. Morshead, Professor, Division Chair
B.Sc., Ph.D.

Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Room 1006
University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 946-5575
Fax: (416) 946-5545
Website: The Morshead Lab

Dr. Morshead’s area of expertise is in stem cell biology and specifically, in the field of adult neural stem cells. She did her PhD at the University of Toronto and acquired a faculty position in the Department of Surgery in 2003. She is currently a tenured Professor and Chair of the Division of Anatomy.  She has appointments in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME).  She is a member of the Networks for Centres of Excellence Stem Cell Network, Canadian Stroke Network and Centre for Stroke Recovery.  Dr. Morshead is the recipient of a Premiers Research Excellence Award (2004) and the George Armstrong Peters Prize (2008). Her lab has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, Stem Cell Network, Canadian Stroke Network, Centre for Stroke Recovery, Three to be Foundation, Krembil Institute, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Brain Institute, Brain Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Research Interests:

  1. Understanding the fundamental biology of adult neural stem cells; their migration, cell kinetics, differentiation, cell lineage dynamics.
  2. Application of stem cell biology to regenerative medicine strategies.  Develop stem cell based strategies to treat disease and promote repair in models such as stroke, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  3. Application of bioengineering  strategies and use of biomaterials to enhance CNS repair.

    Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Researce
University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN)
Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine


Graduate Faculty Member:

Institute of Medical Science (IMS)
Graduate Department Rehabilitation Science (GDRS)
Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)

HMB320 Neuroanatomy
This is a rigorous, introductory course tht presents the functional and comparative anatomy of the vertebrate brain.  It is designed for students who intend to continue with studies in the Neurossciences and related areas.
ANA498 An independent research project in Arts and Science