Stephanie Ellis, PhD
Group Leader at Max Perutz Labs Vienna, Austria
2019 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow Alumna
PhD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Dr. Ellis is studying a phenomenon known as “cell competition” in skin stem cells. In cell competition, less fit cells are are actively eliminated by fitter, more robust cells to ensure that the strongest cells make up the adult skin. By identifying the mechanisms and genetics behind cell competition, she is uncovering an important facet of skin development. With this work, she aims to show that cell competition provides an essential quality control mechanism during development to safeguard the skin against stresses in both pre- and post-natal life.