Kate Ding is a second year undergraduate student at Queen’s University studying Life Science. Kate is currently a summer student in the laboratory of Dr. Savraj Grewal at the University of Calgary Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where her passion for cancer research and love for fruit flies started. Her research project focused on nutrient-dependent growth and development in Drosophila melanogaster. In cancer, different oncogene and tumour suppressor signalling pathways have been shown to utilize distinct nutrients to promote cell growth and proliferation. Understanding how nutrients promote growth is therefore an important question in biology.
Kate was first affected by cancer when her late grandfather passed away not long after receiving his late-stage cancer diagnosis. As a member of RIOT, Kate hopes to spread awareness to the Kingston community about cancer prevention and early detection as well as research efforts being made all around the country.