Corey is back in her hometown of Halifax, after spending four years completing her Bachelor’s of Science with Honours (2014) at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her undergraduate research was supervised by Dr. Vett Lloyd and focused on the infection rate of Ixodes ticks in New Brunswick with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. This is an emerging public health issue in Canada, and Corey is very thankful to have been able to contribute to this project.
Corey is now an MSc candidate in the Berman lab, co-supervised by Drs. Jason Berman and Graham Dellaire, in the area of cancer genetics. Her thesis project is focused on studying a high-risk form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) predominantly found in children. Corey has made and is characterizing a transgenic zebrafish line with the NUP98-NSD1 translocation, which is known to cause high-risk pediatric AML. She will also be examining the influence of decreased nup98 in the zebrafish, alone and in conjunction with NUP98-NSD1, using CRISPR-Cas9 technology.
Outside of the lab Corey enjoys amateur beach volleyball, exploring the city of Halifax, going to concerts, playing the trumpet, and binge watching Netflix.
Awards and Scholarships
- Scotia ScholarsOM Master’s Award from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF). September 2016 – August 2017.
- Trainee Award from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI), with funds provided by the Harvey Graham Cancer Research Fund. September 2015 – August 2017. (Renewed for a second year).
- Poster Presentation first place award from The BHCRI/TFRI Cancer Research Conference in Atlantic Canada. November 2016.
- Travel Award from the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) in order to attend the TFRI conference, May 2016 in Vancouver, British Colombia.
- Funding from the Marjorie Young Bell Foundation to complete summer research at Mount Allison University, May 2013 – August 2013
- Funding from the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) to complete summer research at Mount Allison University, May 2013 – August 2013
- The David S. Fensom Prize for Outstanding Biology Honours Presentation, Third Place. Mount Allison University, 2014
- Ruggles Gates Award – goes to a Biology student with high academic standing who shows promise of the ability to do original research and is completing an honours thesis, September 2013
- Biology Departmental Award for outstanding contribution and achievement during years of study at Mount Allison University, March 2014
- Best Poster in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fair (SURF) at Mount Allison University, September 2013