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  • Jacob Nearing, BSc Hons, Microbiology and Immunology


Dr. Morgan Langille


Dr. Nikhil Thomas

Program of Study:

MSc, Microbiology and Immunology

Project Title:

Associations Between the Gut Microbiome and Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Best Poster Presentation at the International Human Microbiome Congress 2018
  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2018
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement in Microbiology and Immunology: June 2017
  • Faye Sobey Undergraduate Student Research Award: May 2016
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award: May 2015
  • Dean’s List: 2013 - 2017
  • Dalhousie University Renewable Entrance Scholarship: September 2013

Career Aspirations:

I am interested in how the gut microbiome modulates the response of the human body to both cancer pathogenesis and cancer treatment. After the completion of my graduate degree, I hope to continue on with research and earn my doctoral degree where I will continue my studies on the connections between how bacteria living on our body can influence cancer development and its treatment. 


Dalhousie University


Nearing T. J., Douglas M. D., Comeau M. A., & Langille G.I. M., (2018). Denoising the Denoisers: an independent evaluation of microbiome sequence error-correction approaches. PeerJ 6:e5364

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