BSc Chemistry (honours)
Chemistry student Jessica Miller is examining boron and platinum as novel approaches to the treatment of breast cancer with chemistry professor and Canada Research Chair in Boron Chemistry Dr. Steve Westcott and biology professor Dr. Vett Lloyd. Miller’s research project draws on previous work looking at cisplatin, an alkylating agent, used to treat cancer of the bladder, ovaries, and testicles but which also has dangerous side effects. She will examine the development of platinum-based complexes with increased solubility as an additional treatment for cancer cells, focusing on breast cancer. Miller is the recipient of a research grant from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Foundation.