Hannah Shuster-Hyman

I have recently begun my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Michael Salter and Dr. Benjamin Steinberg at the Hospital for Sick Children. I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Biology at Queen’s University in 2019, during which I completed an honours thesis in neurophysiology with Dr. Meldrum Robertson. My undergraduate work helped to identify a protective role of KATP channels in spreading depolarization. I earned my MSc degree in 2021 in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto with Dr. Clifford Librach, where I focused on immunomodulation by mesenchymal stem cells. My current work focuses on the contribution of cell death pathways to the development of long-term pain hypersensitivity in preterm infants following early life injurious experiences. My ultimate goal is to identify translatable therapeutic targets for the prevention and mitigation of these adverse pain-related outcomes and improve the quality of life of infants born preterm.


University of Toronto

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Faculty of Medicine

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Dr. Michael Salter, Dr. Benjamin Steinberg

Key Publications:

Shuster-Hyman, H., Siddiqui, F., Gallagher, D., Gauthier-Fisher, A., & Librach, C.L. Early immunomodulatory mechanisms of HUCPVC-based mitigation of LPS-induced systemic and neurological inflammation. Under review at Cytotherapy. Van Dusen, R.A., Shuster-Hyman, H., & Robertson, R.M. (2020). Inhibition of ATP-sensitive potassium channels exacerbates anoxic coma in Locusta migratoria. Journal of Neurophysiology, 124(6), 1754-1765.