Kazeem Adefemi, BSc, MPH

Supervisor: Dr. Peizhong Peter Wang Program of Study: PhD in Medicine (Community Health & Humanities) Project Title: Do Age and Co-morbidity status affect colorectal cancer screening and screening outcomes among the elderly NL population? Research Summary: Cancer of the large intestine (colon) and rectum, known collectively as Colorectal Cancer has become a major cause of … Read more

Ibrahim Ahmed

Supervisor: Dr. Tobias Karakach Program of Study: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology Project Title: Identifying racial differences in the etiology and prognosis of pediatric ALL using Genome-wideAssociation Studies (GWAS) Lay Research Summary: Leukemias, are cancers of the blood that represent the most common childhood cancers accounting forapproximately 30% of all cancers in children. Among these leukemias, Acute … Read more

Haya Al Bitar, BSc. Honours in Microbiology and Immunology

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Marshall Program of Study: MSc, Microbiology and Immunology Project Title: The role of mast cells in STING-mediated ovarian cancer immunotherapy Research Summary: Ovarian cancer is a devastating health concern that is commonly diagnosed at advanced stages when the cancer has spread throughout the body. This makes it a difficult disease to treat … Read more

Akinola Adekoya Alafiatayo, PhD

Supervisor: Dr. Sevtap Savas Co-supervisor: Dr. Touati Benoukraf Program of Study: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) Project Title: Understanding the genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and microbiome landscape of colorectal cancer Research Summary: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers affecting Canadians. The highest number of cases and death rates from this cancer are … Read more

Riley Arseneau, BSc, Medical Sciences, Honours

Supervisor: Dr. Jeanette Boudreau Program of Study: MSc, Pathology Project Title: Integrating Cancer Genetics and Immunology to Design Precision Therapies for Pancreatic Cancer Research Summary: Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and has a very poor five-year survival rate.Therefore, there is an urgent need for new treatment options. Our research focuses on usingpancreatic … Read more

Raj Pranap Arun

Supervisor: Dr. Paola Marcato Program of Study: Pathology Project Title: Influence of ALDH1A3 on the miRNA landscape in triple-negative breast cancers Research Summary: Decisions for therapy for breast cancers are based on how advanced the cancer is and if the breast tumor makes three hormone receptors, since these receptors allow for treatment with hormone-based therapies. … Read more

Jasmine Barra, PhD

Supervisor: Dr. Jean Marshall Program of Study: Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology Project Title: Elucidating the mechanism of action of IL‐5 as a promoter of IFN expression by mast cells in the tumour Microenvironment Research Summary: One of the deadliest diseases in Canada is cancer. At least one of every two Canadians will get cancer … Read more

Jena Barter, BSc. Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Karten Program of Study: MSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Project Title: The Role of the Cholesterol Transporter, STARD3 in Breast Cancer Scholarships and/or Awards: Lay Research Summary: Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer type for women in Nova Scotia, and remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths across Canada. … Read more

Adnan Bhayo

Supervisor: Dr. Marya Ahmed Program of Study: PhD, Chemistry Project Title: Peptide conjugated chemotherapeutics for breast cancer treatment Lay Research Summary: Breast cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in women worldwide. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the most common types of treatments for breast cancer patients. Unfortunately, high toxicity, low selectivity, and a … Read more

Shona E.C. Campbell, BSc.

Supervisor: Dr. Michiru Hirasawa Co-Supervisor: Dr. Kensuke Hirasawa Program of Study: MSc, Neuroscience Project Title: Effect of 5-Fluorouracil on Orexin Neurons: Implications for Chemotherapy-Induced Fatigue Scholarships and/or Awards: Lay Research Summary: Chemotherapy (chemo) is often used to treat cancer but it can have many serious side effects. A common concern for patients after chemo is … Read more