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Mark Ungrin


Assistant Professor
Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine (CBEM)

Degrees and Board Certification: 


Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-6203
HMRB 320


As a McEwen Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Zandstra at the University of Toronto, Dr. Ungrin developed new approaches to the production of target cells from human pluripotent stem cells (PSC) based on quantitative investigations of the underlying cellular mechanisms of differentiation. His investigations into controlled cellular aggregation generated a new model system for the investigation of tissue assembly in peri-implantation development, and resulted in a novel technology for the formation of cellular aggregates, now a successful commercial product under the “AggreWell” name, as well as numerous publications. Previous to this, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, and worked in the pharmaceutical industry at the Merck-Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research in Montreal, investigating telomere and prostanoid-receptor biology respectively. Dr. Ungrin joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in July 2012.  

Teaching : 

VETM 320 (histology section)

Guest Lectures in VETM 324, 451, 702 and BMEN 607, 612

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

The central theme of Dr. Ungrin’s research program is the assembly of cells into tissues and organs – how it occurs in nature, and how it may be induced for the purposes of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His underlying philosophy is to identify areas where research is limited by available technology, develop the necessary tools and techniques, and then apply them to pursue important research questions that would not otherwise be accessible. Breaking new ground in this way enhances the interest and impact of the research, and leads to collaborations with high-profile international researchers.



Graduate Program Affiliations : 
Veterinary Medical Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Sciences
Research personnel and trainees : 

Golsa Razian, Docotoral Candidate
Yang Yu, Doctoral Candidate
Abdullah Al-Ani, MSc. Candidate