Samantha England, PhD
Laboratory Technician at University of Calgary, Canada
2012 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow Alumna
PhD, University of Rochester
Postdoctoral Training, University of Rochester
Dr. England worked to find an unlimited supply of red blood cells for anemic patients. Blood transfusions are associated with infectious risks, high costs, and supply bottlenecks, particularly for rare blood types. By using stem cells, scientists can generate safe blood cells for transfusion therapy. Therefore, she examined whether stem cell-derived blood cells would be as effective in a clinical setting as standard blood transfusions, laying the foundation for universal donor red blood cells. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Rochester in Dr. James Palis’ lab.