The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal has recently welcomed the 11 winners of the 2012 edition of the IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards program. During the next twelve weeks, and in addition to being awarded a scholarship valued at $ 4.251, these young scientists will have the opportunity to live an exceptional and complete experience in the field of cancer research in one of the Institute’s laboratories.

Once again this year, the IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards program generated much interest among young scientists. A total of 113 applications were received from undergraduate students from 22 universities in seven Canadian provinces. “For undergraduate students, there is nothing better than an internship to get a good idea of what the field of biomedical research has to offer and to help guide their career choices” explains Patrick Lacasse, the program’s coordinator. “By creating this program, we wanted to offer interns the most complete and comprehensive research experience. In addition to their internship projects that allow them to be actively involved in the research activities of their team, students are invited to partake in the variety of activities offered at the Institute such as the Summer School in Systems Biology, the International Symposium on Cell Signaling, various scientific conferences and, of course, IRIC’s weekly happy hour event.”

2012 Award Recipients

From left to right: Stéphanie Lavallée, Marianne Lamarre, Assya Trofimov, Melany Delgado, Pierre Allaire, Erin Molcan, Mehdi Alami Hassani, Elyse MacFadden-Murphy, Geoffrey Lundell-Smith, Livia Odagiu, Linda Balabania

Congratulations to the 2012 award recipients:

  • Mehdi Alami Hassani, B.Sc. student in biomedical sciences at Université de Montréal, has joined Lea Harrington’s team for his internship entitled “Genetic and molecular engineering of human telomerase resistance to chemical inhibition”.
  • Pierre Allaire, B.Sc. student in biochemistry and molecular medicine at Université de Montréal, has joined Alain Verreault’s team for his internship entitled “Cell cycle and DNA damage regulation of the histone deacetylase Hst3”.
  • Linda Balabanian, B.Sc. student in biology at McGill University, has joined Vincent Archambault’s team for her internship entitled “Understanding the molecular controls enabling the initiation and the completion of mitosis”.
  • Melany Delgado, B.Sc. student in biochemistry and molecular medicine at Université de Montréal, has joined Trang Hoang’s team for her internship entitled “SCL and LMO1 oncogenes disrupt thymocyte development”.
  • Marianne Lamarre, B.Sc. student in biological sciences at Université de Montréal, has joined Sylvie Mader’s team for her internship entitled “Mechanisms of action of full antiestrogens in breast tumor cells”.
  • Stéphanie Lavallée, B.Sc. student in microbiology and immunology at McGill University, has joined Étienne Gagnon’s team for her internship entitled “Characterization of ZIP6 in zinc homeostasis and signal transduction in T cells”.
  • Geoffrey Lundell-Smith, B.Sc. student in biochemistry at Queen’s University, has joined Philippe P. Roux’s team for his internship entitled “Studying the impact of somatic mutations of RSK in cancer”.
  • Elyse MacFadden-Murphy, B.Sc. student in biochemistry at Concordia University, has joined Benjamin Kwok’s team for her internship entitled “Evaluation of chemical inhibitors of motor proteins in vitro and in live cells”.
  • Erin Molcan, B.Sc. student in biochemistry at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus), has joined Julie Lessard’s team for her internship entitled “Complementary roles of BAF60A and BAF60B during the lymphoid vs myeloid differentiation”.
  • Livia Odagiu, B.Sc. student in biochemistry and molecular medicine at Université de Montréal, has joined Michel Bouvier’s team for her internship entitled “β-arrestin-dependent regulation of NF-kB signalling by G protein-coupled receptors”.
  • Assya Trofimov, B.Sc. student in biochemistry and molecular medicine at Université de Montréal, has joined Claude Perreault’s team for her internship entitled “Discovering better targets for immunotherapy cancer”.

For more information on the IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards program or on study programs offered at IRIC:

Patrick Lacasse
IRIC | Université de Montréal
patrick.lacasse@umontreal.ca