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  • Rhea Nickerson, BSc


Dr. Brent Johnston

Program of Study:

MSc, Microbiology & Immunology

Project Title:

The Role of the Chemokine Receptor CXCR3 Axis in the Efficacy of Oncolytic Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Therapy in Combination with Natural Killer T Cell Activation Immunotherapy in Melanoma

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships –Master’s, 2021

Career Aspirations:

I am interested in understanding how cancer immunotherapies work together in combination and in maximizing the potential of combined immunotherapies. I am currently exploring how oncolytic VSV therapy and NKT cell immunotherapy combine synergistically in the treatment of melanoma. Following my MSc, I hope to continue working in the field of cancer immunology and developing my research skills, whether that be through the pursuit of a PhD or other opportunities.


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