Marisa Kilgour, BSc

Graduate Student, University of Victoria

I completed my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa (2017) before moving out west to complete my PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Victoria.

RESEARCH FOCUS

For the past 2 years I have been studying the metabolic relationship between T cells and tumor cells in ovarian cancer. Immunotherapies rely on the ability of T cells to eliminate the tumor, but the tumor microenvironment is immunosuppressive, hindering T cell function.

 

One mechanism of immunosupression is the competition for resources between T cells and tumor cells. A deeper understanding of the metabolic relationship between T cells and tumor cells in ovarian cancer patients will us to improve immuotherapies for this type of cancer. 

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