The national award, which is valued at $70,000 each year for two years, supports research that will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth.
Laumont’s research focuses on the inner workings of the immune system, particularly the role of B cells, in patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Her findings will help develop new cancer immunotherapies to help improve patient survival.
“[This award] gives me an opportunity to pursue research questions that I am passionate about,” says Laumont, who chose UBC for its collaborative spirit and research expertise.
Seventy fellowships are awarded each year and are equally distributed among candidates from Canada’s three Tri-Council Agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
More information about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is available from the Postdoctoral Fellows Office.