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  • Kayla Holder, BSc MSc


Dr. Michael Grant

Program of Study:

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Project Title:

Compelling adaptive natural killer cells against malignancy

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award (CGS-D) 2018
  • StemCell Travel Award (Canadian Society for Immunology) 2018
  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2018
  • CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Award 2017
  • Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies (Memorial University of Newfoundland) 2013 – 2014
  • Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Travel Award 2013
  • Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC) MSc Fellowship 2011– 2013
  • CIHR Frederick Banting & Charles Best MSc Fellowship 2011 – 2012

Career Aspirations:

This project explores the potential of targeting natural killer cells against a variety of cancer cells. After completing her PhD, Kayla hopes to participate in translational research that involves the manipulation of natural killer cells for immunotherapy. 


Memorial University of Newfoundland, Division of BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine


  • Holder KA, Comeau EM, Grant MD. (2018) Immunology doi: 10.1111/imm.12898.
  • Holder, KA, Grant MD. (2017) AIDS Research and Therapy. doi: 10.1186/s12981-017-0170-y.
  • Johnson LA, Banerji, S, Gileadi U, Prota G, Lawrance W, Holder KA, et al. (2017) Nature Immunology doi:10.1038/ni.3750.
  • Lynskey NN, Banerji S, Johnson LA, Holder KA, Reglinski M, Wing PAC, et al. (2015) PLoS Pathogens 11(9): e1005137.
  • Holder KA, Russell RS, Grant MD. (2014) BioMed Research International 903764.
  • Holder KA, Stapleton SN, Gallant ME, Russell RS, Grant MD. (2013) Journal of Immunology 191:3308-3318.


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