Chelsea Jackson is a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine where she is a member of Dr. David Berman’s Lab. She graduated from McMaster University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics (Co-op). Her research focuses on biomarker development in both prostate cancer and bladder cancer projects. Chelsea contributes to the PRONTO project; a multidisciplinary prostate cancer project funded by Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember grants, involving researchers from across Canada. Her research project in bladder cancer hopes to elucidate candidate proteins from signaling pathways that result in invasion and progression events in early urothelial carcinomas, with the goal of developing clinically useful biomarker assays.
During three years of her undergraduate degree, she volunteered for the McMaster Peer Support Line, dedicating over 400 hours to supporting students in the McMaster community, and promoting mental health initiatives. Watching her friends and family struggle through cancer diagnoses throughout her undergraduate degree, she decided to take part in cancer awareness initiatives here in Kingston. With a passion for cancer research and community service, Chelsea is thrilled to be a part of RIOT and work alongside so many talented young researchers to help communicate research in an accessible manner.