Carly Barron - MSc in Applied Health Sciences (Health Sciences)

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Carly Barron - MSc in Applied Health Sciences (Health Sciences)

Supervisor: Dr. Evangelia Tsiani
Research Topic: Glucose Transporter Expression in Cancer Cell Lines

I chose to pursue my studies at Brock because the Applied Health Sciences program offers unique opportunities to graduate students and is tailored to meet their research interests and needs.

As a graduate of the Health Sciences undergraduate program at Brock, I have always had a strong interest in the signaling pathways involved in disease processes.

I began my research in the field of type 2 diabetes and continued to study the role of glucose homeostasis using a cancer model. Working with Dr. Tsiani has led to collaboration with the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

My Master’s research focuses on examining the expression of glucose transporter (GLUT) proteins in lung, breast and prostate cancer. Glucose utilization by cancer cells is greatly enhanced compared to that of normal tissue. When conducting my research, I am responsible for culturing the cancer cells that I use in my experiments.

I am interested in learning which GLUT proteins help cancer cells take up glucose and how therapeutic treatments affect the expression of these proteins. GLUT proteins are an ideal target for cancer therapy in order to prevent glucose uptake by tumor cells.

My research will provide knowledge that can be applied to future anti-cancer therapies. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in medicine that incorporates my research interests.

My advice to students considering graduate studies at Brock is to choose an area of study you are prepared to make a commitment to, then contact potential supervisors to familiarize yourself with their labs and find one that is right for you.

Funding & Awards:

Recipient of a 2011 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship