Sarah Nersesian

sarahnSarah recently received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph. Cancer has had a huge impact on her life as both her grandmother and mother have been affected. This inspired her to pursue a research career that focused on breast cancer metastasis. She began her research while completing her undergraduate degree, focusing on characterizing the microRNA-200 family, known to influence the metastatic potential of cancer cells, in breast cancer cell lines.

Sarah is now pursuing her Master of Science in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Craig and Dr. John Allingham. She is researching the development of a targeted therapy, utilizing marine toxins with potent effects, designed for patients diagnosed with HER2 positive subtypes of breast and other cancers. Sarah’s research is funded by the Terry Fox Foundation Training Program in Transdisciplinary Cancer Research.

Sarah was highly involved in community services while completing her undergraduate degree. She is passionate about teaching and educating and is looking forward to expanding her skills and knowledge, all while becoming involved in and promoting cancer awareness to the Kingston community.