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Vanier Scholar - Hannah Dies

In November 2015 we introduce our six new Vanier Scholars. Next in this series is Hannah Dies, a doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering at Queen's whose research focuses on creating a portable biosensor that may be used to detect pathogenic biomolecules indicative of various types of cancers and bacterial diseases.

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Palak Patel - Collaborative Cancer Research

Palak Patel has a "curious mind," as he puts it. He is keen to verify observations through experimentation - be it the perfect amount of chocolate to eat, or the accuracy of genetic tests for diagnosing prostate cancer.

Palak is a second-year PhD student in Pathology, working with Dr. David Berman in the Queen's Cancer Research Institute. They are part of a 13-lab, cross-Canada collaborative project focused on prostate cancer, funded by a Movember Team Grant (Prostate Cancer Canada).

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Melissa Bredow - A Scholarship for Research in Japan

Melissa Bredow's first trip overseas was about as far as you can go from Canada. Thanks to a scholarship from the Japanese Society for the Advancement of Science, Melissa traveled to Japan for three months to conduct research on the antifreeze proteins found in some hardy cereals. Freezing causes cellular dehydration, rupturing of cellular structures and cell death. However, the antifreeze proteins (AFPs) in hardy cereals allow for survival below -10 degrees Celsius.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Dissertation on the Lake

There was a brisk, lively atmosphere at the corner of Union and Division Street early in the morning of August 24. About 30 Queen’s graduate students from various disciplines were getting together to set out on their journey to the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre (ELEEC). The writing retreat titled “Dissertation on the Lake” was going to start on the shores of the lake for the second time since it had been pioneered in 2014 by the School of Graduate Studies. New campers had to take themselves away for a “five-days-four-nights-long” camp to push their dissertation projects forward.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: Podcasting PhD's

Graduate students regularly face questions about what they actually “do” in the course of research and study towards their degrees. For those outside the academy, and indeed even from differing faculties, there are often misconceptions about what graduate student research is, how is gets done, and what it's "for." “Curiosity Driven” is a short radio and podcast documentary series about Queen’s graduate students’ research that aims to present their work in an accessible, entertaining format for a wide audience.

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Jesse Lai - Off to the Netherlands to continue his hemostasis research

Hemophilia A drug immunity is a field of research that Jesse describes as “a black box.” No one really knows why it is occurring and there are “probably only a handful of people studying what this is,” which Jesse finds exciting. In addition, “anti-drug antibodies are not exclusive to hemophilia A,” he says. Some people develop immunity against insulin or some anti-viral treatments, so Jesse is optimistic that his research can someday be applied to treatments for multiple conditions.

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Jessica Lougheed - Real-time dynamics of how we influence each other's emotions

Have you ever wished you could know exactly how your part in a conversation was affecting the other person as the experience was unfolding? Despite the seeming mystery of how fleeting expressions and mannerisms can either make a conversation go as expected or take an awkward turn, one researcher is pioneering ways to do just that. Jessica Lougheed, PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology at Queen’s University, is doing what’s called observational research to answer the question: how do people change each other’s emotions? Specifically, most of her studies measure real-time behaviours during interactions in one of the most emotionally intense relationships you could imagine: adolescent daughters and their mothers.

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