Differentiation of Porcine Stem Cells into Myocytes - ON-522

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - chemical / biological, Engineering, Animal science, Life Sciences, Biochemistry / Molecular biology, Food science, Chemistry, Natural Sciences
Company: Myo Palate Corporation
Project Length: 6 months to 1 year
Preferred start date: 11/01/2021
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Toronto, ON, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 2-3
Desired education level: CollegeUndergraduate/BachelorMaster'sPhDPostdoctoral fellow
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About the company: 

The company is working in the cellular agriculture field, producing meat from growing cells in vitro. The main objective is to produce meat without using as much input as traditional farming practices and provide clean and healthy products for the consumers. We are based in Toronto and are looking to develop the core technologies for cell culturing in order to get to mass production. 

Describe the project.: 

This project is focused on establishing a protocol to maintain porcine stem cells (including but not limited to embryonic, induced pluripotent, and adult multipotent stem cells) and subsequent differentiation into myocytes.

The main goal of our company is to produce porcine myocytes at an industrial scale.

The main tasks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Culturing and passaging cells primary cells
  • Investigating and customizing culture media
  • Differentiating stem cells into myocytes
  • Basic cellular and molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, ELISA) and cell culture, including stem cell culturing.

Required expertise/skills: 

Must be knowledgeable in:

  • Mammalian cell culture (including maintenance, passaging and basic analyses)
  • Biochemistry
  • Microscopy

Ideally, knowledgeable in:

  • Differentiating stem cells
  • Optimizing cell culture conditions