Melissa Richardson was raised on Prince Edward Island, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at UPEI (2016). Her undergraduate honour’s project was co-supervised by Dr. Robert Hurta and Dr. Jason McCallum, and focused on the effects of Nannyberry extracts on the proliferation and survival in vitro of two breast cancer cell lines, MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231. In addition, she also spent the past two summers (2015-2016) working with Agriculture Canada directed by Bob Vernon to study the migration and population of multiple click beetle species in the fields of P.E.I.
Melissa joined the Berman lab in September 2016 as an MSc candidate in the Department of Pathology, and is excited to have the opportunity to use zebrafish as a human cancer model. Her projects will focus predominately on the impact of the tumour microenvironment, specifically cytokines, and mutations on the progression and development of particular pediatric cancers, including Ewing Sarcoma (ES), Transient Myeloproliferative Disorder (TMD), and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She looks forward to investigating the contributions and interactions between both genetic and microenvironmental factors, along with collaborating with her experienced colleagues to gain new skills, insight, and experience.
Outside the lab, Melissa enjoys exercising, spending time with friends, learning new skills, and exploring the city and province that she now calls home.