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Marcia Falconer

Biographical Details

Educational history:

B.Sc. in biology, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts USA. 1964.

M.Sc. in plant cell biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 1985.

Ph.D. in neuronal cell biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1990.

Post-doctoral studies in molecular biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (Center for Cancer Research), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 1990-1992.

Professional history:

Research Assistant in cell biology laboratory at M.I.T., worked with human tissue cultures, polio virus (strain 3) and various pesticides. 1964-1966.

Research Associate in plant cell biology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont. Did electron microscopy and immunofluorescence microscopy of plant tissue. 1985-1986.

Research scientist for Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 1993-1998.

  Research projects:
    Molecular mechanisms to develop disease resistance in animals, including work with rotavirus.
    Production of valuable pharmaceutical proteins in the milk of cows.
  Leader of scientific team responsible for the two research projects. 1996-1998.

Formed a biotechnology company, BioSoma, in partnership with 3 other scientists and an accountant. 1998 to 2000.

  Scientist in charge cell biology and animal research 1998-2000.

Retired from active laboratory work. 2000.

Currently researches publications on post-polio syndrome in scientific journals and interprets findings for lay groups. International lecturer on post-polio syndrome. 2000 to present.

Presented two state-wide symposia on PPS in Sydney, Australia.
  Presented talk at LincsPPN annual general meeting.
  Has given many talks at conferences and PPS groups in Ontario.
  Invited talks in Melbourne, Australia, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.


Has published in numerous scientific journals. Co-author of a chapter on plant cell biology in a book. Also has written free-lance articles for newspapers and magazines. Has published articles on post-polio syndrome including Am. J. Phys. Med. & Rehab.

Polio history:

Non-paralytic polio at age 7 (1949). Quarantined for about 1 month. Symptoms included fever, leg and back pain, weakness in both legs and right arm, also generalized weakness for a period of months followed by complete recovery. Led a very active life swimming, ice-skating and cross country skiing. PPS symptoms first noticed (in retrospect) in 1985 with fatigue, and leg weakness becoming severe by 1996. Received a diagnosis of "probable PPS" in 1997. Now retired.

Marcia at Peppers

Personal interests:

Enjoys playing the Celtic harp, writing fiction, reading science fiction, doing handcrafts of any variety, admiring cats and making new friends.

Contact details:

Marcia Falconer, 33 Abingdon Drive, Nepean, Ontario, Canada K2H 7M5

Phone: (613) 828-8445


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