Supervisor's Name: Patricia Tonin
Supervisor's Email: patricia.tonin [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's Phone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 44069
Supervisor's Website: www.toninlab.mcgill.ca
Supervisor's department: Human Genetics
Course number: HGEN 396 (Human Genetics)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Genetic analyses of ovarian cancer susceptibility gene candidates
Project description (50-100 words suggested): About 10-20% of ovarian cancers are due to the inheritance of germline mutations in the breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Recently, new genetic factors have been proposed to confer risk to hereditary ovarian cancer. Though rarely mutated they collectively may account for up to 5% of hereditary cases. Our group has identified a new candidate genes using whole exome genome sequencing of familial ovarian cancer cases that do not harbor mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2. The objective of the research project would be use bioinformatics resources to select one of the gene candidates identified by exome sequencing and genotype the variant in a set of well-defined ovarian cancer specimens in order to assay the frequency of the variant and assess its relevance as a candidate. The student will be paired with an experienced post-doctoral fellow who will train the student in applying bioinformatics resources for genomic sequencing derived data and performing genotyping assays.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory (or equivalent) performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%) by the supervisor. Details of the evaluation scheme will be provided by HGEN to supervisors and applicants
Project status: This project is taken.
How students can apply / Next steps: After all of the parts of this application forms are completed and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring the application form and a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Human Genetics (to the attention of Dr. Patricia N. Tonin, Stewart Biology Building N5.13) during office hours.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves biohazardous substances.