Alison is finishing up a Master of Science in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University, under the supervision of Dr. David LeBrun. Her current work involves identifying molecular markers that can predict patient response to treatment in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. With this work she hopes to find a way to identify patients that require alternative targeted treatments. Her work is currently supported by a Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Alison received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, specializing in cancer research in 2017. In her fourth year, she completed a thesis project in Dr. LeBrun’s lab, looking at the genetic basis of a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This was her first experience studying cancer and stepping into the world of scientific research, and she hasn’t looked back!
During the undergraduate degree, Alison was very involved in leadership and mentorship roles. She helped to organize healthcare conferences and surgical interest speaker nights, promoted MSF (Doctor’s Without Borders) and the Queen’s Life Sciences program, was a two-time orientation week leader, and played saxophone in the Queen’s chamber orchestra!
Alison’s interest in studying cancer was sparked by close family experiences with the disease, but was solidified during her 4+ years volunteering at Kingston General Hospital. Her positions in the ICU, pediatrics, and more recently, in pediatric oncology have connected her with patients, and given her a plethora of reasons to continue the fight against cancer. Alison is thrilled to be a part of the Kingston RIOT team so she can indulge in two of her biggest passions: educating others and scientific advancement.