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July 2013

Furthering cancer research through Globalink

It was the positive experience of a close friend that prompted Manish Goel to apply for the Mitacs Globalink program.

“I was inspired by one of my colleagues at university who was part of the program last year and now promotes it in India.  I was lucky enough to be selected to come here to Canada for research into leukemia in children.”

Manish is about to begin his final year of studies for a Bachelor of Technology degree with a major in Biotechnology and a minor in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.

His experience in cloning, computational biology and programming made him the perfect fit for his Globalink research project, where he’s working under Dr. Brian Wilhelm at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Medicine.

“The lab I’m working in is researching the DNA sequence of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and looking at genes involved in Leukemia and what are the consequences of different mutations of these genes on cell growth.  The objective of my project is to find out what gene mutations may lead to leukemia development to better understand the plausible causes of the disease.  The aim of my project involves functionally validating the role of genes in order to better understand leukemia and develop treatment for this disease.”

“My research is a small part of a much bigger project which will help scientists understand the role of genetic mutations underlying the disease, which could ultimately lead to better treatment options.”

When Manish returns home to India, he will focus on finishing the final year of his bachelor degree, but wants to return to Canada for graduate studies.

“I plan to pursue my Masters and, if given the opportunity, I’d like to return to Canada to complete that here. 
“Montreal is fantastic.  I spend weekends exploring the city, hiking and visiting museums.  I’m really enjoying my time here however the weather is much colder than back at home, so that is one thing I’ve had to adjust to!”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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