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In the spotlight

Celebrating the latest accomplishments and achievements of our trainees, such as published papers, awards and honours for the excellence and impact of their research programs, defended theses, talks given or prizes won at meetings, etc. Please check this page regularly to keep up to date with the latest news pertaining to trainees and the trainee program at the LDI.



In the spotlight 1

Hussein Samhat receives the Maple and the Cedar Award from the FCCICL


Hussein Samhat, a master’s student in Oliver Lasry’s laboratory received the Maple and the Cedar Award (master’s Level – $3,000) from the Fondation de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Canada-Liban (FCCICL) at the Lebanese consulate in Montreal on September 20, 2023. The scholarship is open to all Canadian-Lebanese university students registered at a Quebec University who have successfully completed at least the first year of their University program. A combination of academic excellence and financial need are the primary criteria for the award.



In the spotlight 2

Chantel Mukonoweshuro obtains Canadian Cancer Society inaugural 2023 master's Research Training Award


Chantel Mukonoweshuro, an MSc student supervised by Dr. April Rose, LDI Principal Investigator and Medical Oncologist at the Segal Cancer Centre of the JGH, obtained a grant of $65,000 over 2 years as part of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Inaugural 2023 Master’s and PhD Research Training Awards Competition, for her project entitled Exploring the mutational landscape of RAS in cancers with Class 2/3 BRAF mutations. This award supports the next generation of researchers across Canada at the Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels in conducting cancer related research while fostering long term connections with Canada’s cancer research ecosystem through a combination of exposures to other disciplines, knowledge translation, engagement, and mentorship opportunities. More -> (© CCS)


Undergraduate Research Day Prize Winners

Please join the Undergraduate Research Day committee in congratulating the following students as winners of the top oral presentations:

Adelina Dobromir Angheluta

“3-Year Outcomes of Drug-Coated Balloons Versus Drug-Eluting Stents for Small Caliber Coronary Arteries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials”

Supervisor: Mark Eisenberg

Carolina Lopez Naranjo

“Adoptive transfer of T regulatory cells to understand disease biology”

Supervisor: Sonia Del Rincon

Lucy An

“Evaluating the Efficacy of SHP2 Inhibitors in Combination with MAPK and CDK4/6 Inhibitors in Class 1 BRAF-Mutant Tumors”

Supervisor: April Rose

Thank you to all students who participated and congratulations again to the winners. Hope to see you all next year!

Congratulations to Edgar Pinedo-Carpio, who just completed his PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University with Alex Orthwein as supervisor, for his first author paper in Science Advances: FIRRM cooperates with FIGNL1 to promote RAD51 disassembly during DNA repair

LDI Scholarship Award Winners

The LDI is pleased to announce the winners of the LDI Scholarship Awards February 2023 competition:

StudentSupervisor / Co-SupervisorProgram yearProject TitleAward
Banerjee, PriyankanaUrsini-Segel, JosiePhD year 2Elucidating how inflammatory and metabolic signals educate antitumorigenic functions in neutrophilsGalina Dorfman Graduate Fellowship
Chandarana, BhavyaaKleinman, ClaudiaMSc year 1Systematic inference of cell-cell interactions in brain development and cancer from single-cell and spatial transcriptomicsDr. Arthur Rosenberg Memorial Fellowship
Deamond, HaleyHenry, MelissaPhD year 3Biopsychosocial Risk Factors for Distress in Newly Diagnosed Cancer PatientsMcGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
El Haber, RachelleFilion, Kristian / Brophy, JamesPhD year 1Trends in utilization of long-acting analogs and their association with macrovascular complications among patients with type 1 diabetesEileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship
Farshadi, FatemehSabrina WurzbaMSc year 1Characterization of Signaling Pathway Activation Using Comprehensive Targeted PhosphoproteomicsDr. Arthur Rosenberg Memorial Fellowship
Ghezelbash, SarahBasik, MarkPhD year 1Understanding the molecular and cellular landscapes of advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)McGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
Girgis, JackieMuanza, ThierryPhD year 3Artificial Intelligence-Derived Biomarker Development for Patients with Brain MetastasesEileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship
Gloeckler, SaraRej, SohamMSc year 1Toward patient-tailored psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depressionTD Canada Trust Graduate Scholarship
Gonzalez Losada, CristobalMercier, FrançoisMSc year 1Deciphering the contribution of IL-17 signaling in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cellsTD Canada Trust Graduate Scholarship
Goudreau, AlexandraBasik, MarkPhD year 1Characterizing the molecular and spatial interactions between carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAF), immune cells, and tumour cells in matched primary tumours and metastases of triple negative breast cancer to identify and target CAF-derived molecular factors with chemo-resistant and immunosuppressive propertiesMcGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
Kelebeev, JonathanCrist, ColinPhD year 2Systemic analysis of CTCF protein interactions during embryonic myogenesisTD Canada Trust Graduate Scholarship
Kim, HyungdongKoromilas, AntonisPhD year 2Translation Initiation Factor eIF2B stimulates mutant KRAS function in cancerEileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship
Kleinbrink, EricaGreenwood, Celia / Manousak, DespoinaPhD year 3Analyses améliorées des loci HLA et HLA-Associés pour une évaluation transethnique du risque de DT1Eileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship
McCallum, PaigeMiller, Wilson / del Rincon, SoniaMSc year 1Spatially Profiling Breast Cancer Tissue Tumor Microenvironment using Phenocycler (CODEX) Multiplex ImagingTD Canada Trust Graduate Scholarship
O'Connor Miranda, Jonathan AlejandroLehoux, StephaniePhD year 2D-mannose supplementation decreases atherosclerotic lesions in ApoE-/- mice through regulation of gut microbiota composition and inflamationTD Canada Trust Graduate Scholarship
Ogbodo, Stephen ChukwumaAzoulay, LaurentPhD year 2The long-term effect of bariatric surgery on the incidence of obesity-related cancers among obese patients: a large-scale population-based retrospective cohort studyEileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship
Olaoye, Omotayo CarolynSuissa, Samy / Renoux, ChristelPhD year 2The Use and Safety of Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant medications in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)Dr. Mark Wainberg Memorial Graduate Fellowship*
Rousselle, EmmanuelleRose, AprilMSc year 1Investigating the multifunctional roles of RAF1 in mediating MAPK inhibitor resistance in cancers with non-V600 BRAF mutationsMcGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
Tobin, RyanDunkley, DavidPhD year 2Self-Critical Perfectionism and Well-Being: The Protective Role of Daily Mindfulness and Self-CompassionEileen and Louis Dubrovsky Graduate Fellowship

* The Dr. Mark Wainberg Memorial Graduate Fellowship is awarded to the top ranked application in the LDI Scholarships competition.

LDI Scholarships are open to highly qualified graduate students at the LDI who are registered full-time at McGill University in a research training program leading to a MSc or PhD degree. They are made possible thanks to the support of the following generous donors: TD Bank, the Dubrovsky Family, Douglas W. Gold, Dr. Arthur Rosenberg, Galina Dorfman and the McGill Centre for Translation Research in Canada (MCTRC).

The LDI is committed to the ideal that research excellence is greatly enhanced by ensuring equity of opportunity in research and every graduate that met the merit criteria were funded this year. Winners were selected by the LDI Internal Scholarship Committee comprising Chantal Autexier, Colin Crist, Annett Korner, Kostas Pantopoulos, April Rose, and Michael Witcher, Associate Director for Faculty Development at the LDI. Criteria used in the selection process were weighted differently for MSc and PhD students, and included: Academic Record, Awards and Studentships, Peer-Reviewed Publications, Presentations (Oral and Poster), Research Project and Training Environment.