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  • Leah MacLean, BSc Hons. Biology


Dr. Jeanette Boudreau


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

Career Aspirations:

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!


Dalhousie University


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.

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