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Aline Ingelson-Filpula

Ph.D. Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Carleton University

W. Aline Ingelson-Filpula is a Ph.D. Candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focuses on epigenetic regulation and how it allows animals to survive extreme environmental stresses including freeze-tolerance, hibernation, and estivation. Her main animal of study during her M.Sc was the freeze-tolerant gray tree frog, and she is now working on hibernating squirrels and hypoxic naked mole rats for her Ph.D. She hopes to apply her research to long-duration spaceflight, and how to optimize health in a microgravity environment to enable humanity's impending missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.


  • 2021–present
    Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University
  • 2019–2021
    M.Sc. Candidate, Carleton University


  • 2021 
    Carleton University, M.Sc., Biology (Biochemistry Specialization)
  • 2019 
    University of California, Davis, B.Sc. Honours, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • 2021
    Epigenetic regulation by DNA methyltransferases during torpor in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel Ictidomys tridecemlineatus, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • 2021
    Epigenetic underpinnings of freeze avoidance in the goldenrod gall moth, Epiblema scudderiana, Journal of Insect Physiology