Thomas Durcan

Principal Investigator

SGC Neuro

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Thomas Durcan, PhD has been at the Montreal Neurological Institute (The Neuro) since 2007. As an Associate Professor at The Neuro and McGill University (, his research focus is on applying patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) towards the development of phenotypic discovery assays and 3D mini-brain models ( for both neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders.

As Director of the EDDU at The Neuro, he oversees a team of over 40 research staff and students, committed to applying novel stem cell technology, combined with CRISPR genome editing, mini-brain models and new microfluidic technologies towards elucidating the underlying causes of these complex disorders. Combined with new approaches in the group towards building multi-omics profiles on the patient-derived IPSC cells, the long-term strategy is to identify new personalized precision therapies. Dr. Durcan's academic research program is funded by a CIHR program grant and USA Department of Defense Research grants.

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