Chemistry PhD Student Wins Award for Groundbreaking Cancer Research Discovery

Queen's Chemistry PhD Student Caitlin Miron has won the 2017 Mitacs PhD Award for Outstanding Innovation. Ms. Miron has discovered a DNA binder that, in essence, prevents cancer cells from spreading. More specifically, Ms. Miron's work has identified a chemical compound that can bind to a certain form of DNA architecture found in cancer genes and, based on what preliminary results have shown, block it from spreading. These findings may be useful in anticancer therapy.

Ms. Miron's work was completed while on her Mitac's GlobalLink Internship in France in collaboration with Dr. Jean-Louise Mergny. Her findings will be published in January 2018. 

Learn more about Ms. Miron's groundbreaking research on the Queen's School of Graduate Studies website or in the Queen's Gazette.