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Donya Danesh - Getting to the core of climate change in an ecotone?

Donya Danesh’s PhD work in paleolimnology on a subfield with only a few remaining experts in the world has taken her from the deepest parts of remote Northwest Ontario lakes to the shores of an old world city (Amsterdam), to visit two of those experts at the Paleo Ecology and Landscape Ecology Group at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at University of Amsterdam. 

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Yulei Zhao - Conquering Drug Resistance in Cancer Patients

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.

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Destination Kingston: Building an Innovation Cluster

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

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From Sao Paulo to Kingston

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.

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SGS Habitat Featured Articles: The Groove Commute

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.

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