Yulei is currently researching human resistance to anti-tubulin drugs, which are widely used for the clinical chemotherapy treatment of various cancers. For example, 30-68% of related cancer patients have an intrinsic resistance to Taxol, one of the most commonly-used clinical anti-tubulin drugs, and 70-80% of the patients develop an acquired resistance over the course of the treatment. Resistance, whether it is intrinsic or acquired, always results in failure of the treatment. This is a significant issue because, despite the treatments, the cancer will reoccur and contribute to the high mortality rates of cancer patients. Identifying the molecules that are involved in anti-tubulin drugs resistance may be the key to solving resistance issues.
July 9, 2015
The first Science to Business Network event, in partnership with Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), was recently held at Queen’s University. The President and founder of the Science to Business (or S2B) Network, Dr. Bruce Seet, started the network to enhance Canada’s culture of innovation and its entrepreneurial ecosystem. S2B has been steadily gaining steam through networking events, educational programs, and workshops since 2011 with the ultimate goal of optimizing the science to business transition for graduate stude
Cricket is coming to Kingston, and the members of the Queen’s Kingston Cricket Club couldn’t be happier.
June 19, 2015
In the middle of spring 2015, Vanessa Silva e Silva and her spouse Josafa covered the distance of almost 9,000 km between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Kingston, to start a new chapter in their lives. “The flight took nearly 12 hours,” Vanessa remembers, “and when we finally landed, it seemed like we had fallen into a movie… everything looked a bit unreal around us.” Now they both appear to be at home, and are ready to deal with matters that are very real.
The opportunities of graduate studies are not limited to research, but also offer the ability to make a real difference in the life of Queen’s University community and the wider world. For her part, Jennifer Hardwick is inspired by the ways that individuals, communities and nations have used stories to resist injustice and promote resurgence and renewal.
The graduate student community at Queen’s University has given rise to The Groove Commute, a 7-piece band comprised almost entirely of graduate students with influences as eclectic as their respective research interests. They’ve found fun and friendship in making music together all the while balancing research and teaching in pursuit of their graduate degrees. Besides the joy of making music and feeling the support of their community, the members of The Groove Commute also say being in a band has been an invaluable part of their experience of graduate student life.
June 9, 2015
Bailey Gerrits, PhD student in Political Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Trudeau Scholarship.
In her doctoral research, Bailey is investigating recent news coverage relating to domestic violence in Canada, examining the potential influence of news discourses on public policy, and engaging stakeholders to understand their perceptions of news patterns. Her research centers on questions of Canadian nationalism, racialization, and gender equality. Bailey was awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier doctoral scholarship.
Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin, winner of the National 3 Minute Thesis People's Choice Award. After taking a fantastic fourth place at the Ontario 3MT in April, Cara convinced voters at the national level with her presentation Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam. In her Master of Applied Science in Physics, Yin is researching how to use lasers to cut bone and improve outcomes in brain surgery. She impressed the more than 2,000 voters with her accessible, clear – and, at times, funny presentation. It is a particularly sweet victory for the physicist who knew very little English when she arrived in Canada to do her undergraduate studies.
On April 23rd, Queen's Physics Masters student Chenman (Cara) Yin placed 4th at the Ontario 3 Minute Thesis competition with her presentation "Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam". Cara's excellent presentation will now go on to the Canada 3 Minute Thesis competition. Online voting for the People's Choice starts on May 15th. More details soon here!
You can watch the complete competition online on Western's The Wire website