Cindi Morshead

No Two Days Are the Same

She's always on the lookout for surprises, be it in her medical research or in her ongoing hunt for the best new restaurants.


Cindi Morshead is a Professor and the Chair of the Division of Anatomy in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. We asked her everything from what she likes most about being a researcher to what she is reading in hopes of giving you a better understanding of what goes on outside the lab for one of the best minds in Canadian research.

What do you like most about being a researcher?
I like a lot of things about being a researcher but perhaps what I like most is that it is never boring. There is always some new results to think about, new experiments to plan and new people to work with. No two days are the same.

What advice would you give young researchers?
It’s really important to find the right fit where you are comfortable doing the research that you are passionate about. Make sure you talk to other people in the lab where you are thinking of working and that you know what the expectations are when you join. You don’t want any surprises outside of the surprising findings you generate from your experiments.

What are you reading right now?
The Association of Small Bombs.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love traveling with my family and trying new restaurants.

If you could do any profession other than your own what would it be?
Tough one. I think I would be a barista at Starbucks.

Aside from things for your survival, what item would you most want to have with you on a deserted island?
A hammock.


Want to learn more about Cindi Morshead’s work? Check out our blog posts about sight-giving stem cells and reducing your risk of stroke.