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  • Elias Bashir Habib, BSc (Neuroscience)


Dr. Graham Dellaire

Program of Study:

MSc, Pathology

Project Title:

The Characterization of the Evolutionarily Conserved Functions of Pre-mRNA Processing Factor 4 Kinase (PRP4K) in Cellular Stress Response

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Prize, Dalhousie University, 2021
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Award, Dalhousie University, 2020-2021
  • Dalhousie Undergraduate Bursary Award, 2020

Career Aspirations:

My primary interest is the interconnectedness between autophagy and tumour development, and how this pathway can promote chemotherapy resistance. I have always been interested in the translational aspect of science and research. Throughout my Master’s degree, I’m motivated to further understanding cancer on the molecular level and to use both translational and precision medicine to address patient care and improve health outcomes of Nova Scotians living with cancer. Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I hope to apply the skills that I’ve learned in the Dellaire Laboratory and the CRTP to a clinical setting, and hope to ameliorate the lives of cancer patients.


Dalhousie University


Clarke, LE., Cook, A., Mathavarajah, S., Bera, A., Salsman, J., Habib, E., Van Iderstine, C., Bydoun, M., Lewis, SM., & Dellaire, G. (2021). Haploinsufficient tumour suppressor PRP4K is negatively regulated during epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Faseb Journal (Accepted for The FASEB Journal; Manuscript #202001063; BioRxiv Preprint). 

Habib E., Cook A., Mathavarajah S., Dellaire G. (2021). Adding some “splice” to stress eating: Autophagy, ESCRT, alternative splicing orchestrate the cellular stress response. Genes, 12(8).

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