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  • Javad Ghassemi Rad, BSc


Dr. David Hoskin

Program of Study:

MSc, Department of Pathology

Project Title:

Effects of nanoparticle-encapsulated piperine and piperlongumine on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in triple-negative breast cancer

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award, 2015
  • Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region Studentship, 2014
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2013
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2011
  • Dean’s list, 2010-2014
  • Dalhousie Renewable Scholarship, 2010

Career Aspirations:

During his undergraduate studies, Javad became interested in the health benefits of dietary phytochemicals for the treatment of different breast cancers. His goal is to continue this research on the anti-metastatic potential of pepper-derived natural products, using nanoparticles as a drug-delivery system for enhanced efficacy. Javad is hoping to continue his graduate studies in pathology, focusing on cancer and cancer genetics, and ultimately pursue a career in medical oncology.


Dalhousie University


Hewitt, K. C., Ghassemi Rad, J. McGregor, H. C., Brouwers, E., Sapp, E., Short, M. A., Fashir, S. B., Zeng, H., and Alwayn, I. P. (2015). Accurate assessment of liver steatosis in animal models using a high throughput Raman fiber optic probe. Analyst, 140, 6602 – 6609. DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01080B

Ghassemi-Rad, J., and Hoskin, D. W. (2015) Nanoparticle-encapsulated piperine and piperlongumine inhibit breast cancer cell growth and metastatic activity. Cancer Res, 75, 3684 [Abstract].

Ghassemi Rad, J. Livingstone, S. Woodhall, D. Eltawil, K. Hanouf, A. Hewitt, K. and Alwayn, I. (2012). The application of raman spectroscopic analysis for the evaluation of hepatic steatosis. Transplant, 94 (10S), 278 [Abstract].

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