Dr. Zoubeidi awarded Canada Research Chair 1 in Cancer Therapy Resistance

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Dr. Amina Zoubeidi

Congratulations to Dr. Amina Zoubeidi on being awarded the Canada Research Chair 1 in Cancer Therapy Resistance.

Dr. Zoubeidi’s research program aims to provide mechanistic insight into the molecular (genetic and epigenetic) sources that fuel tumour cell plasticity and emergent resistance phenotypes following targeted therapy. She leverages this information this knowledge to identify early detection biomarkers and nominate new targets to block the mechanisms utilized by tumour cells to gain access to cell plasticity that can be used alone or in combination to improve the efficacy of existing therapies and patient outcomes. Importantly, as lineage reprogramming is emerging as a conserved mechanism of resistance across tumour types, results from this program may have relevance in other highly prevalent cancers, such as melanoma and lung and breast cancer.

Dr. Zoubeidi is a Professor at the Department of Urologic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre. She is Michael Smith Scholar, who received multiple awards including PCF Challenge Award, UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards for Overall Excellence-Early Career (2014) and for Excellence in Basic Science (2018), and three Teaching Awards for Excellence in Basic Science, Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (2014, 2017 & 2018).

Dr. Zoubeidi has been awarded a number of prestigious grants, including a Prostate Cancer Canada Translation Acceleration Grant, US Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge award, and numerous Canadian Institute of Health Research awards and Terry Fox Research Institute awards. 

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