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  • Dr. Gerry Johnston, PhD

Appointments:

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Dean (Research)
Co-Chair, Cancer Research Training Program

Affiliations:

Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Research Interests:

yeast as a model system for studying cancer and the transition of cells from quiescence to proliferation

Unlocking the secrets of cancer’s origins

Bakers’ yeast is a simple organism – yet the genetic and cellular processes that turn a spoonful of yeast into a frothy mass are the same that start human cells dividing and developing into cancer. By studying yeast as a model of cancer genesis, Dalhousie researchers Dr. Gerry Johnston and his colleague of 30 years, Dr. Rick Singer, have revealed many of the processes that prompt cells to switch from a non-dividing state to a state of rapid cell division. In-depth knowledge of the complex origins of cancer will help researchers develop more effective cancer therapies in the future.

Membership Status:

Dr. Johnston is an Honorary Member and Senior Scientist of BHCRI, co-chair of the CRTP and a supervisor for CRTP trainees.

Phone:

(902) 494-6465

Email:

g.c.johnston@dal.ca

Address:

Research Office, CRC Building, Dalhousie University, 5849 University Avenue, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
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