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  • Meg Thomas, BSc

Supervisor:

Dr. Paola Marcato

Program of Study:

MSc, Pathology

Project Title:

DNA methylation in breast cancer; characterization of key genes and therapeutic application

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2014
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region Award (Graduate Level), 2013-2014
  •  Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Atlantic Region Studentship (Undergraduate Level), 2013.
  • Cecelia Rajaratnam Memorial Prize in Plant Cell Biology, 2012
  • Hugh P. Bell Scholarship for GPA in biology courses among honours class, 2012
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2012
  •  Sarah Lawson Botanical Research Scholarship, 2012

Career Aspirations:

Meg’s love of science originates from her grandfather who has an avid interest in the natural world and conveyed this to her at a young age. The scientific method is a powerful way of thinking, and it became clear throughout her undergraduate degree in biology, that Meg wanted a future in science. After an exciting summer doing breast cancer research with Dr. Marcato, Meg joined the pathology department at Dalhousie as a Master’s student. Her current work focuses on aberrant epigenetic changes in breast cancer and, if successful in this Master’s project, Meg hopes to one day enter the PhD program. Ultimately, Meg wants to have a career in basic research while communicating scientific principles to students and the general public—Meg is aiming to share her passion for the field of cancer research.

Location:

Dalhousie University

Publications:

Coyle KM, Sultan M, Thomas M, Kashani AV, Marcato P (2013) Retinoid Signaling in Cancer and its Promise for Therapy. J Carcinogene Mutagene S7:006. doi: 10.4172/2157-2518.S7-006

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