Noor grew up in London, Ontario and completed her honours undergraduate degree at Western University, double majoring in Medical Sciences and Biology. She began her Master’s degree in the Koti lab in 2018. Naturally, she fell in love with her work and converted her MSc into a PhD in May of 2020, working on the most lethal gynecologic malignancy, high grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSC). In these first two years, she characterized the effect of cancer cell genotype on the overall response to combination chemo-immunotherapy and the associated tumour immune microenvironment. Noor is now continuing this work in the remaining years of her PhD, further investigating the mechanistic basis these genetic determinants play in HGSC and their potential clinical implications.

“If you’re ever looking for me, you can catch me in front my laptop screen sipping an iced coffee at one of the many downtown Kingston coffee shops!”

E-mail: noor.shakfa@queensu.ca