Penney M. Gilbert


Penney is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and holds cross-appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto. Penney obtained her BSc (1999) from Haverford College and her PhD (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania in the area of cell biology and mammary oncogenesis. Following this she switched research focus and became a postdoctoral fellow with Helen Blau at Stanford University in California working in the field of skeletal muscle stem cells under the support of an NIH Pathway to Independence K99/R00 Award.

In 2012, Penney was recruited to the University of Toronto where her research program is focused on skeletal muscle endogenous repair. Her team engineers and studies three-dimensional models of human skeletal muscle and explores muscle stem cell mechanobiology with the goal of identifying signaling pathways that can be tweaked to boost the function of skeletal muscle stem cells in the body. Her lab was supported by grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Connaught Fund, and U of T Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fund. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Ontario Research Fund, Medicine by Design CFREF, and an Early Researcher Award from MRI currently support her work.

At the University of Toronto Penney is Chair of the IBBME Distinguished Seminar Series, and she is a member of the IBBME Curriculum Committee, the Collaborative Program in Developmental Biology Steering Committee, and Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Animal Care Committee. Penney has been involved with OIRM as a member of the Governing Council and is an Associate Member of the American Society for Cell Biology Women in Cell Biology Committee.


2016    University of Toronto Department of Biochemistry (cross-appointed)
2015    Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (member)
2013    Stem Cell Network (member)
2013    Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre (graduate faculty member)
2012    Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (cross-appointed)
2012    Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (primary appointment)
2011     Biomedical Engineering Society (member)
2010    International Society for Stem Cell Research (member)
2001    American Society for Cell Biology (member)

Contact information:

Penney M. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
160 College Street, Rm. 506
Toronto,ON, Canada, M5S 3G9
Tel: (416) 978-2501
Email: penneydotgilbertatutorontodotca
Curriculum Vitae