Derrick Rancourt


Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics


Contact information

Preferred method of communication


Benedicta Odame-Ankrah


Office: 403-220-3029

Research and teaching

Area of Focus

  • Pluripotent Stem Cells

Summary of Research

Derrick Rancourt’s research program revolves around the derivation, expansion, differentiation and genetic manipulation of mouse and human pluripotent stem cells, including embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Over the past several years he has been developing bioprocesses for generating bone and cartilage tissue from stem cells for transplantation. An important feature of the research is the development of methods for expanding and differentiating murine and human pluripotent stem cells in stirred suspension bioreactors.


Dr. Derrick Rancourt is a Professor in the Depts. of Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics, University of Calgary. He received his BSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and Queens University respectively and postdoc’d in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi. He is the Director of the University of Calgary’s Centre for Mouse Genomics, which specializes in the generation of transgenic and knockout mice.