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Ph.D. Lian WILLETTS Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. John Lewis Laboratory, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta; Finalist, 2015 Falling Walls Lab Berlin; Edmonton


Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2014-Present " Develop and validate novel and robust ex vivo and in vivo screen for cancer metastasis " Develop immuno-competent animal models to study human prostate cancer metastasis Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2013 Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, USA (Visiting Scientist) Develop sensitive clinical diagnostic assays for eosinophil degranulation as part of the asthma and allergy research team, and utilize mouse models to examine the role of eosinophils in allergic inflammation Generate and maintain complex transgenic mouse colonies for animal model-based research Graduate Research Fellow 2008-2012 Pulmonary Research Group, University of Alberta, Edmonton Investigated the impact of eosinophil degranulation on the pathophysiology of allergic asthma Designed and executed in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo assays to measure eosinophil degranulation and pulmonary pathogenesis using transgenic mouse models Undergraduate Student Researcher 2005-2008 Division of Anatomy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Divisions of Neurosurgery and Anatomy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada Investigated neuronal deficits of the cerebellum in ethanol-induced guinea pigs for fetal alcohol syndrome Assisted in the investigation of locomotion and biomechanics in primates Assisted in a cadaveric study of purely percutaneous C1-C2 fusion