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  • Alexa Wilson, Hons. BSc Microbiology and Immunology


Dr. Francesca Di Cara

Program of Study:

MSc, Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title:

Identification of peroxisome-dependent signaling pathways linked to increased cellular redox status and tumorigenesis in Drosophila melanogaster

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2020
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) Genomics in Medicine Graduate Studentship 2020

Career Aspirations:

I am interested in unraveling the cellular signaling pathways that when altered, lead to an increased risk of tumorigenesis. I believe that if we can understand these pathways and their interactions at the molecular level, then we will be better equipped to develop novel therapeutics that target biomarkers unique to carcinomas. After graduation from my MSc. in Microbiology and Immunology, I will strive to continue to immerse myself in an environment where I am challenged with research questions and can contribute to developing a cure for gastrointestinal carcinomas, while adding to the pool of knowledge that is my research field. In order to achieve this goal, I aim to continue the research on my current project as part of a PhD. 


Dalhousie University


Capo, F., Wilson, A., Di Cara, F. 2019. The intestine of Drosophila melanogaster: a versatile model system to study intestinal epithelial homeostasis and host-microbial interactions in human. Microorganisms. 7, 336; doi:10.3390/microorganisms7090336

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