Leah MacLean, BSc Hons. Biology
Supervisor:Dr. Jeanette Boudreau
Co-supervisor:Dr. Jason Berman
Program of Study:MSc Pathology
Project Title:Identifying optimal cytokines to enhance NK cell-mediated immunotherapy response in neuroblastoma
Scholarships and/or Awards:
- Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2020
- Canada Graduate Scholarship NSERC, Dalhousie University: 2018
- Dean’s List, Acadia University: 2013-2017
- University Scholar, Acadia University 2017
- Webster’s Undergraduate Research Award, Acadia University: 2017
- Most Outstanding Undergraduate Presentation, 4th Annual Student Research and Innovation Conference Acadia University: 2017
- Raddall Research Fund in Biology, Acadia University: 2017
- Susan Smith Memorial Scholarship, Acadia University: 2016
- Curtis H. and Margaret T. Chipman Achievement Award, Acadia University: 2015
- Dr. Lalia B. Chase Scholarship, Acadia University: 2013
- BMO Financial Group Entrance Scholarship, Acadia University: 2013
I am interested in understanding how factors in the tumour microenvironment influence our immune system’s response to cancerous cells. My research focuses on identifying factors that could optimize immunotherapy in neuroblastoma, a common pediatric cancer. After obtaining my graduate degree, I hope to pursue genetic counselling. As a future genetic counsellor, I aspire to understand the genetic mechanisms of cancer, and continue genetic-based cancer research in a clinical setting!
Davis, C., Tami, P., Ramsay, D., Melanson, L., MacLean, L., Nersesian, S., & Ramjeesingh, R. (2020). Body image in older breast cancer survivors: A systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 29(5), 823–832.
Leis, E., Easy, R., MacLean, L., & Cone, D. (2018). Ligictaluridus michaelalicea n. sp. (Monogenea: Dactylogyridae) from flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) in the upper Mississippi River, including remarks on taxonomy influencing monogenean treatment regulation in the United States. Parasitology Research, 117(3), 825–830.