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RESEARCH SUPPORT (Current and completed)

2016: SMA Angels Charity

2016-2019: SMA Trust Career Development Fellowship

2016-2019: SMA Trust UK SMA Consortium

2015-2016: Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

2015: SMA Angels Charity

2015: FightSMA-Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Emerging Investigator Award

2012-2014: European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Long-Term Fellowship

2012-2013: Association Française contre les Myopathies (Declined)

2009-2012: Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship: CIHR Doctoral Award

2009-2012: University of Ottawa National Excellence Scholarship

2006-2008: Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology

2006-2012: University of Ottawa Dean’s Scholarship

2006-2010: University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship

2003: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award in Industry

2000-2001: University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship 


2016: SMA Trust Career Development Fellow

2015: Fulford Junior Research Fellowship, Somerville College

2015: FightSMA-Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Emerging Investigator Award

2013: Nominated for the CAGS/UMI Dissertation Award

2012: University of Ottawa Pierre Laberge Thesis Prize

2010: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Dr. Ronald G. Worton Researcher in Training Award

2008: OHRI Research Day Oral Presentation Award

2008: ASCB Childcare Award

Melissa Bowerman

SMA Trust Career Development Fellow


I am originally from Canada where I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa (2006-2012). I next undertook a first postdoctoral fellowship in Dr Cédric Raoul's group at the Institut des Neurosciences de Montpellier in France (2012-2014). I am presently undertaking a second postdoctoral fellowship in Pr Matthew Wood's group (2014-present)

My research is focused on neurodegenerative and neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Andermann syndrome.  The central thematic of my research is to identify novel pathological pathways that contribute to the pathophysiology of these diseases and to investigate therapeutic strategies to correct the identified defects. 

My current projects are:

  1. Developing a cell-penetrating peptide for the delivery of antisense oligonucleotides for SMA therapy.
  2. Investigating the pathogenic role of the TWEAK/Fn14 in denervation-induced muscular atrophy in ALS and SMA.
  3. Performing a comprehensive analysis of metabolic perturbations in SMA.
  4. Investigating common pathogenic pathways and therapy for ALS and SMA.
  5. Identifying motoneuron-specific defects in Andermann syndrome. 


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