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People in Profile: Gillian Vandekerkhove

By September 6, 2018No Comments

I study disease progression and treatment resistance in prostate, bladder and testicular cancer. I am interested in how tumors evolve in response to therapy; I find their adaptability fascinating. Conventionally, patient tissue biopsies are necessary for this type of research.  However, my research utilizes minimally-invasive blood draws, often referred to as liquid biopsies. From these standard blood draws, I profile the circulating tumour DNA present in patients’ bloodstreams. This technology provides real-time genetic information that enables clinicians to deliver a more personalized treatment plan to their patients.