Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
Year Of Entry: 2015
PhD Supervisors: Dr. Rebecca Auer
Originally from Windsor, ON I completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Assumption College School before completing my undergraduate degree in Biology Sciences Honours with Thesis at the University of Windsor in 2015. During my undergraduate studies I investigated the interaction between the cell cycle proteins Tuberin (TSC2) and Cyclin B1 (CycB1) using a bimolecular fluorescence system under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Porter.
Cancer surgery with the purpose of removing the primary tumour has an unfortunate consequence of inducing immune suppression and promoting metastases. Numerous factors and cell types mediate this complex process, with Natural Killer (NK) cell dysfunction playing a critical role. I am interested in deciphering the molecular mechanism by which NK cells are suppressed in the post-operative period. As there are currently no peri-operative therapies to prevent surgery-induced immune suppression, knowledge of the pathophysiology of NK cell suppression will allow for the discovery and implementation of therapeutics to reduce post-operative metastases, cancer recurrence, and mortality.
2017-2018 - CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Scholarship
2017 - Doctoral Excellence Scholarship
2016 - CIHR MD/PhD Program Grant
2016 - Doctoral Admission Scholarship