I will be joining the Lum lab as a co-op/honours student. My project involves uncovering the mechanism of immunosuppression by a metabolite called 1-methylnicotinamide (MNA) found in the ovarian tumour microenvironment (TME). The lab found that MNA suppresses interferon gamma production by T cells (Kilgour et al. 2021). I will be investigating epigenetic modifications of T cells when exposed to MNA to elucidate how the molecule suppresses T cell function.
As someone with a longstanding interest in human health, the immune system has greatly sparked my interest due to its major and diverse contribution to our wellbeing. The work of the Deeley Research Centre has greatly inspired me to work in the field of cancer immunotherapy through its innovation and dedication to expanding the options for cancer treatment. I am looking forward to joining the team!
Ongoing BSc Biochemistry, University of Victoria.