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Providence biology professor wins thesis prize
Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider, Assistant Professor of Biology at Providence, has won the Simon and Sarah Israels Thesis Prize for her doctoral thesis, “Targeting Susceptible Signaling Pathways in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.”
The $2,000 prize is presented annually to the graduate student at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology who submits the best thesis. Selection is based on the quality and quantity of the research conducted, and the honour is only bestowed if there is an “eligible recipient displaying high merit,” according the University of Manitoba’s awards database.
After submitting her thesis to the U of M’s Faculty of Graduate Studies in May 2016, Dr. Dielschneider successfully defended it in July.
“I discovered weaknesses of human leukemia cells and tested innovative therapies that take advantage of those weaknesses,” she says, briefly describing the contents of her thesis. Her findings have led to clinical trial, and much of her work has already been published in prestigious journals such as Leukemia.
This is not the first time she’s been recognized for her ground-breaking research.
In 2015 Dr. Dielschneider won BIOTECanada’s Gold Leaf Award for Biotechnology Research, and she has also claimed an Academic Excellence Award in Immunology from the University of Manitoba, among other honours. Last March she was named to the CBC’s Manitoba Future 40-Under-40 list. She has been teaching at Providence since September.
“Working at Providence has been a joy,” she says. “As our science program matures I look forward to integrating my research expertise into a learning environment.”
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