Olga Kutovaya is a postdoctoral fellow studying somatic gene mutations in mantle cell lymphoma. Her work involves the development of in-vitro and in-vivo gene mutation model systems to characterize mutation-associated phenotypes and to test the efficacy of conventional and targeted therapeutic approaches. After completing her PhD at Bowling Green State University (U.S.A.) studying gene regulation in cyanobacteria, Olga worked at Environment Canada developing assays for detecting microbial secondary metabolites and bacterial contaminants in water. A native of Russia, Olga was trained as an Engineer-Biotechnologist at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Technology before being selected for her PhD program in the United States.
Olga’s primary research approach is based in molecular biology, with a solid grounding in microbiology and cell culturing. She greatly values opportunities to communicate, collaborate, teach, and learn. Olga currently volunteers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and enthusiastically attends ballet classes.