We welcome Yuqing Yang to our laboratory. Yuqing is a graduate student in the Division of Experimental Medicine at McGill University. She will be co-supervised by Dr. Colin Crist and Dr. Michael Witcher, investigating whether genome architecture plays an important role in regulating muscle stem cell activity.

New publication

Our paper is accepted at Development! Building on our previous work that shows adult muscle stem cells (MuSCs) require low rates of protein synthesis, we now show that within this context some mRNAs required for MuSC stem cell properties are more efficiently translated.

New graduate students

We’re happy to welcome Charlotte Sénéchal (BSc, McGill University) and Harry Cheng (BSc, HKUST) to our laboratory. Both are very courageous students starting a graduate program at McGill University during a difficult 2020. Welcome to our laboratory!


We welcome Claire Yang (BSc, Queens) to our lab! Claire will be undertaking her graduate studies at McGill University, and her research project in our lab will broadly ask how translational control of gene expression regulates muscle stem cells. Thank you for choosing our lab Claire!

More funding!

We are delighted to announce that our research is now supported by a generous grant from the Richard and Edith Strauss Foundation, which will help to accelerate our efforts to manipulate muscle stem cells ex vivo and in vivo.

PDF position available

We have a post-doctoral fellow position available in our laboratory to study molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate decisions between cardiovascular lineage and head muscle lineage in the developing embryo. This is an exciting opportunity that will take advantage of state of the art technologies in proteomics, genomics, genetics and pluripotent stem cells. Interested candidates should send a CV, names and contact information for 3 references and PDF copies of your recent publications.

Funding announcement!

We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Programme bilatéral de recherche collaborative Québec – Communauté française de Belgique‘ 3-year research grant. We will collaborate with Professor Guillaume Bourque (Genome Quebec, McGill University) and Professor Cédric Blanpain (Université Libre de Bruxelles) to better understand how multipotent progenitors choose between cardiovascular lineages (Blanpain group) and head muscle lineages (Crist group) in the developing mouse embryo and in pluripotent mouse embryonic stem cells. Implications for both the natural and health sciences! Positions available, please contact me for information.