Dr. Christie Aguiar is a Biobank coordinator at the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. She manages the IMPART biobank that stores human heart samples from patient participants enrolled in clinical studies at New Brunswick Heart Centre. Her role involves organizing and supervising all aspects of the biobank and sample processing. She also manages patient databases of biobanked samples, and liaises with biobank collaborators.
In her previous position as Research Coordinator with Horizon Health Network, she worked on multi-centre clinical trials recruiting patient participants, while contributing to projects related to cardiovascular outcomes after cardiac surgery. Christie’s interest in research developed while pursing her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She continued her research interests focusing on mesenchymal stem cells during her Masters in Veterinary Medicine degree in India. She then moved to the University of Montreal for her Ph.D in veterinary biomedicine, during which she studied the immune potential and differentiation of equine induced pluripotent stem cells. After the completion of her degree, Christie briefly worked as a translational research assistant at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.