Antitumor T-Cell Response Laboratory
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
A division of Providence Cancer Institute
Education and training
- Bachelor of Science and Ph.D.,
University of Victoria, B.C.
- Postdoctoral training, National Cancer
Institute, National Institutes of Health
Where did you grow up?
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in a small town called Ucluelet.
Providence gave me a great opportunity and outstanding support to develop my adoptive T-cell immunotherapy program. We have very talented research and clinical teams, and together we’re dedicated to developing effective new therapies for patients with cancer.
What are your hobbies?
I try to stay in shape with a little running and weight training. I also hope to get back into basketball, tennis and badminton soon.
What’s a great experience you’ve had at Providence?
I’m honored to meet and get to know the people who provided so much philanthropic support toward developing my research lab and program. I’m also thankful for the simple things such as the day-to-day lab experiments, along with interactions and scientific discussions with my colleagues.
Who were your mentors?
Early on, my parents instilled in me the importance of being kind and working hard, two simple things that make this world a better place. My interest in science was piqued by my wonderful high school science teachers Alton Crane and Rosemary Lane. My love for immunology and research training was influenced by my graduate studies mentor, Dr. Brad Nelson. I was mentored at the National Cancer Institute by Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg, a pioneer and leader in cancer immunotherapy.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Philanthropy is essential to my work. Scientific experiments unfortunately can be expensive, especially when leading-edge technologies are needed to help develop the medicines of tomorrow. I would not be here without philanthropic support, and it warms my heart to know there are many kind and generous people helping us in our efforts to finish cancer.