Simran Kaur Aulakh, BSc
Simran Aulakh completed a Specialization in Animal Behaviour from Western University in 2018. She is currently completing a post-graduate module in Anthropology at Western alongside working as a student researcher at the London Region Cancer Program (LRCP) under the supervision of Dr. Hatim Fakir, Department of Medical Biophysics. The focus of her project with Dr. Fakir is the tracking of anatomical changes in the prostate, bladder, and rectum that occur throughout prostate cancer radiotherapy treatment, and further outlining the impact it has on planned dose delivery. The aim is to provide recommendations for better and optimal treatment margins and planning to ensure maximal target (prostate) coverage, while sparing radiation exposure towards the organs at risk (bladder, rectum). Within the same department, she has also worked under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Surry in assisting the analysis of outcomes in CT-based interstitial brachytherapy in advanced gynecologic malignancies. Simran’s passion lies in the broad fields of the human life course & behaviour, public health care, and medicine.
Adrienne Borrie, MSc
Adrienne Borrie is a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kim, in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Western University. Clinically important therapy for breast cancer includes a group of drugs called the aromatase inhibitors. These drugs are effective for treating breast cancer, but they may have unwanted effects, such as arthralgia (aches and pains in the joints). This project will help scientists understand which genes cause unwanted effects with the hope that we can prevent them. She aims to translate the genetic associations that have been identified into clinical practice to assist clinicians with optimal treatment decisions and ultimately improve patient care. She is also interested in pursuing the clinical development of tumor-derived DNA as a biomarker for cancer and immuno-oncology based drug development as future directions in her research.
Steven Gameiro, BSc
Steven Gameiro is currently in the fourth year of his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Joe Mymryk, in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University. Steven received his undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences and Biology at Western University in 2013. Steven’s current research focuses on elucidating the transcriptional reprogramming in head and neck cancers mediated by two virally-encoded oncoproteins, E6 and E7, from high-risk human papillomaviruses.
Mark Lynch, MSc
Mark Lynch received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in 2015 and completed his M.Sc. in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western University in the Lab for Well-Being and Quality of Life in Oncology this past summer. The focus of his thesis research was on the implementation of self-administered nutrition screening tools within the head and neck cancer population and how nutrition status correlated with quality of life status in this population. He has a passion for medicine and healthcare and loves to learn. Currently, Mark is continuing in the Lab for Well-Being and Quality of Life in Oncology as a research associate.
Matthew Maitland, MSc
Matt is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Schild-Poulter and Dr. Gilles Lajoie at Robarts Research Institute and the Dept. of Biochemistry at Western University. His research project focuses on RanBPM, a protein that controls the behaviour of cancer cells. He is using variety of molecular biology and proteomic tools to better understand the mechanistic basis for how RanBPM functions.
Haley MCConkey, MSc
Haley successfully defended her Masters of Science thesis in January of 2016. Haley continues to work in the in the lab of Dr. Bérubé focusing on glioma formation in the brain, specifically focusing on the astrocytomas subtype. The aim of the project is to provide evidence for genetic alterations required for astrocytoma formation and a possible mechanism for the events required for tumorigenesis.
Nivin Nyström, BSc
Nivin Nyström is in her second year of her PhD under the supervision of Dr. John Ronald and Dr. Timothy Scholl at Robarts Research Institute. Nivin received her Bachelors of Science in Genetics from the University of Western Ontario in 2016. Nivin’s current research centres on the development of novel MRI reporter genes for molecular imaging of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Her broader interests lie in the development of creative molecular biotechnologies that present unique approaches to complex problems.
Jessica Rodgers, BSc
Jessica Rodgers is currently in the third year of her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Fenster, in the Imaging area of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at Western University. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Engineering at Queen’s University in 2014. Jessica’s current research focuses on improving needle positioning during high-dose-rate interstitial gynaecological brachytherapy by introducing 3D ultrasound guidance during the procedure.
Lee Jones is a co-founding member of the first Research Information Team which was founded in London, ON in 2010. Lee is a Certified Volunteer Resources Manager (CVRM) whose passion for cancer research was ignited while she was a Volunteer Engagement Specialist for the CCS Elgin-Middlesex Community Office from 2008-2010. Lee’s growing understanding of the impact of intersecting of the mapping of the human genome; the state of technology enabling the communication of massive of amounts of highly detailed data almost instantaneously; and the breaking down of the walls of proprietary and growth of collaboration within scientific research; inspired Lee to want to share the progress and promise of cancer research with the public at large.
While Lee moved on to work with other organizations in her role as a volunteer resources manager and establish her own volunteer management consulting business she maintained her active role with RIOT as Chair of the London team. Lee worked with Dr. Kelly Fathers at the CCS Ontario Division office to capture and articulate the mission, vision, and values of RIOT to provide the foundation for teams emerging in other cities with thriving cancer research communities. Lee enjoys providing orientation, support, and inspiration to RIOT Chairs.
Lee is extremely proud of the accomplishments of the RIOT team and experiences a deep sense of fulfillment in their success and recognition. She feels deep gratitude to Angie, the many members of the team over the years, and the many community partners, who have provided her with a supportive place to grow her own brand of leadership skills.
Lee has no problem with not being the smartest person in the room. In fact, those very circumstances have enabled her to learn quite a lot. 😉
Angie Woodcock has been working in the not for profit sector for over 30 years. She has been the manager of the Canadian Cancer Society for Elgin-Middlesex Community Office located in London, ON for the past 11 years. Angie was instrumental in co-creating the Society’s first volunteer Research Information Outreach Team – fondly known as RIOT.
Prior to coming to Canadian Cancer Society, Angie was with the Canadian Red Cross where her career in not for profit began. Over her 15 years with Red Cross she worked a number of domestic disasters including Hurricane Andrew in the US, 911 response in SSM and many community flood and fire evacuations within Ontario. In between her Red Cross tenure, Angie worked with a collective to set up a new organization; Algoma Women’s Sexual Assault Services. A grass roots support organization with three district sites and a volunteer run crisis line to support women who had been sexually abused.
Angie balances her career with a husband and two children. Her motto is “be the best you can be today!”
Megan Sherritt, MA
Megan Sherritt is a communications specialist with a passion for science. Megan has a Masters of English from Western University and provides invaluable expertise in helping the team transition information written within academic and scientific traditions to public media standards while still maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the work. Megan currently works for London Life.