Lian Willetts is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta and the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (APCaRI) supervised by Dr. John Lewis. Her research focuses on the mechanism of cancer metastasis and clinical applications in the diagnosis and prognosis of metastasis. Under the mentorship of Dr. John Lewis, Lian and her team combine intravital “live cancer” imaging and modelbased research to screen for biomarkers of cancer metastasis.
Lian Willetts has won several prestigious awards for her work, including Postdoctoral Award from the US Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Program and a silver medal at the 2015 International Falling Walls Labs and Conference in Berlin, Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine at the University Alberta after a joint program that inserted work at the University of Alberta.