The Sutherland lab hopes that their research will provide insights for the design of new, more effective, cancer treatments.
Dr. Leslie Sutherland and her team, Twinkle Masilamani, Julie Tessier and Nina Maki are working diligently on a variety of projects, all of which revolve around the topic of trying to understand why cancer cells do not die when they should. A major contributor to the most recent research focus is Dr. Céline Boudreau-Larivière from the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. In collaboration, Drs. Sutherland and Boudreau-Larivière are examining the role of two specific death regulatory proteins in non-cancer cells, in the hopes of better understanding how their function is disrupted in cancer cells.
She began her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University, completed her Masters degree at the University of Guelph and received her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa.
She joined the Tumour Biology Group at the Northeast Cancer Center in 2001. Dr. Sutherland is currently supervising undergraduate and graduate students in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry, as well as teaching in the Biomolecular Sciences Program at Laurentian University. She holds an Associate Professor position with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor position with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.