CFUW DR. MARION ELDER GRANT FELLOWSHIP
Funded by CFUW Wolfville
Dr. Marion Elder Grant was the 11th CFUW President and the Dean of Women and Professor of Psychology at Acadia University. The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time course of studies at any level of a doctoral program at the time of application. All else being equal, preference is given to a graduate from Acadia University.
2013-2014 Value of the Fellowship: $11,500
Winner: MIRIAM AVADISIAN
B.Sc. Chemistry and Biology, 2009, University of Toronto Mississauga
Ph.D Chemistry, 2009-2014, University of Toronto Mississauga
The health of a cell is governed by the activity of its proteins. Therefore, over-activity of specific proteins causes severe diseases such as cancer. Miriam's research aims to develop new cancer-targeting drugs that function by knocking out cancer promoting proteins. In her research, she uses an innovative method of inhibiting a protein's activity by using a drug to glue it to the cell membrane.