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  • Vinothkumar Rajan, B.Tech.


Dr. Jason N. Berman

Program of Study:

PhD, Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title:

Zebrafish tools to study microenvironment dependence and independence of human leukemia

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award - 2016-2018
  • NSHRF – Scotia Scholar Award - 2016-2018
  • IWK Graduate Studentship 2016- 2018 (declined)
  • Doctoral Fellowship - Cancer Research Training Program - Beatrice Hunter Cancer Institute- 2016-2018
  • CRTP Travel Award – December 2015
  • IWK Travel Award – 2013 & 2015
  • Doctoral Fellowship - Cancer Research Training Program - Beatrice Hunter Cancer Institute- 2014-2016
  • Dean’s Bursary Award – 2012

Career Aspirations:

Vino aims to expand his current skill sets in molecular biology and assay development with a post-doctoral fellowship in an industrial setting.


Life Sciences Research Institute


Rajan, V, Dellaire G, and Berman, J.N. "Modeling Leukemogenesis in the Zebrafish Using Genetic and Xenograft Models." Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, NJ) (2016).

Ceasar, S.A.*, Rajan, V*., Prykhozhij, S.V.*, Berman, J.N. and Ignacimuthu, S., "Insert, remove or replace: a highly advanced genome editing system using CRISPR/Cas9." Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Molecular Cell Research (2016). (*Co-first author)

Prykhozhij S.V.*, Rajan V*, and Berman J.N.  "A Guide to Computational Tools and Design Strategies for Genome Editing Experiments in Zebrafish Using CRISPR/Cas9." Zebrafish (2015). (*Co-first author)

Rajan V, Melong N,  Campbell JVC, Dellaire G, and Jason N. Berman. "A Humanized Zebrafish Transplant Model Expressing CXCL12 Provides an Enhanced In Vivo Therapeutic Screening Platform for T-ALL." Blood 126 (23):4273-4273 (2015).

Deveau A.P., Forrester A.M, Coombs A.J., Wagner G.S., Grabher C., Chute I.C., Leger D., Mingay M., Alexe G., Rajan V., Liwski R., Hirst M., Steigmaier K, Lewis S.M., Look A.T., Berman J.N. “Epigenetic therapy restores normal hematopoiesis in a zebrafish model of NUP98-HOXA9-induced myeloid disease.” Leukemia (2015)

Prykhozhij S.V., Rajan V, Gaston D, and Berman J.N. "CRISPR MultiTargeter: A Web Tool to Find Common and Unique CRISPR Single Guide RNA Targets in a Set of Similar Sequences." PloS one 10, no. 3 (2015).

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