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  • Dr. Gerald C. Johnston, PhD


Scientific Director, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
Assistant Dean, Research
Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Microbiology & Immunology
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine


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.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

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


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