Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology

Bachelor of Science, University of Windsor (2015); Honours with Thesis

Marisa Market


Year Of Entry:  2015

PhD Supervisors:  Dr. Rebecca Auer

Personal Background:

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.

Research Focus:  

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.

Scholarship Support:

2017-2018 - CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Scholarship

2017 - Doctoral Excellence Scholarship

2016 - CIHR MD/PhD Program Grant

2016 - Doctoral Admission Scholarship

Fields of Interest

  • Immune Suppression in the Peri-Operative Period
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