Queen’s Grad Student Named One of Chatelaine’s Women of the Year

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Caitlin Miron, a 28 year old Ottawa native and PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University, has been named one of Chatelaine magazine’s 33 Women of the Year.

In collaboration with the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in France, Caitlin discovered a DNA binder that could ‘switch off’ cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.

Caitlin was the recipient of the 2017 Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation, given to a PhD student who has made a significant achievement in research and development innovation during Mitacs-funded research, due to her success following a scholarship from Mitacs Globalink.


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Her win in November was praised by Prime Minister Trudeau, who posted to Twitter: “Incredible news in the field of cancer research this week – congratulations to the Canadian PhD student Caitlin Miron for her groundbreaking work!

She describes a future treatment based on her research to Chatelaine as being “like chemo, [but] with less side effects” and may be ready for licensing by pharmaceutical companies within two to five years.

Visit Chatelaine’s website to read the full article or to see Caitlin’s page


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