Melica Brodeur, MD
Dr. Melica Nourmoussavi Brodeur is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the mentorship of Drs Britta Weigelt and Dmitriy Zamarin. Her research interests involve uncovering potential molecular vulnerabilities in ovarian cancers using novel preclinical models to develop personalized approaches to ovarian cancer treatment. Dr. Brodeur is a trained Canadian gynecologic oncologist. She obtained her Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University in Montreal after which she completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She then completed a four-year training in the Gynecologic Oncology and the Clinician-Investigator Programs at the Université de Montréal during which she completed her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Under the direction of research supervisor Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, her thesis focused on the comparison and utility of ovarian cancer preclinical models for treatment response assessment. Her research endeavors have earned her awards to support her research training and work including a multi-phase clinician-scientist trainee bursary from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Canada Graduate Scholarship – and research excellence bursaries from the Montreal Cancer Institute. She is also among the prestigious alumni of the NCI-funded AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop. With OCRA’s support, Dr. Brodeur is interested in understanding the mechanistic basis underlying the tumor-immune cell interactions in ovarian cancers with SWI/SNF gene alterations, in particular SMARCA4-altered cancers. These studies could highlight new therapeutic strategies for these subtypes of ovarian cancer.