Heather MacGregor

PhD Candidate in Cancer Immunology, University of Toronto

I became interested in the constant power struggle between a cancer and a person's immune system during undergrad. I am currently working on my PhD focusing on how the immune system responds to ovarian cancer. Learning more about how cancer turns off the immune system will help us develop treatments that help the immune system recognize and kill cancer cells.

Because of recent successes and the exciting possibilities of immunotherapy, the cancer immunology field is frequently getting media attention. Unfortunately, the impact of the research being reported on sometimes gets obscured by sensationalism, causing people to be confused about what the results really mean. My interest in clearly communicating the exciting developments in my field lead to me to start writing about science for people who aren't experts in the field.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Cancer Immunology, University of Toronto


  • 2010 
    University of Toronto, Bachelor of Science in Biology