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Adam Aitchison

Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Outside Dept


Cell culture, Thin Layer Chromatography, Immunofluorescence, Western blot, Lentiviral transfection,  community health,  epigenet

Research Interests

Cancer, Phosphatidylcholine, Apoptosis, Anoikis, Nuclear morphology, Lipid droplets, ER stress, Epidemiology


Bachelor of Science Combined Honours in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Immunology (2008-2012)
Dalhousie University
Effect of Oncogenic Ras Expression on Phosphatidylcholine Synthesis

Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2012-2014)
Dalhousie University
Regulation of programmed cell death and lipid droplet formation by CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase alpha (CCTα)

Masters in Community Health and Epidemiology (2015)
Dalhousie University

Awards & Professional Activities

Scholarships & Awards

Faculty of Medicine Dean's Bursary Award (2013)

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016)

Professional Activities

Teaching Assistant for BIOC 3400 (2012),

Teaching Assistant for BIOC 2610 (2013)

Poster presentation: IHRTP Graduate Research Day (2013) Dalhousie University

Poster presentation: Canadian Lipoprotein Conference (2013) Mont-Tremblant: Quebec

Poster presentation: IWK Pediatrics Research Day (2014) Halifax, NS

Oral Presentation: Canadian Lipoprotein Conference (2014) Saskatoon: Saskatchewan

Poster Presentation: Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (2015) Halifax, NS.

Teaching Assistant for BIOC 3700 ()

Teaching Assistant for BIOC 2610 (2016)


  1. Aitchison, A.J., Arsenault, D.J., and Ridgway, N., (2015) Nuclear-localized CTP: phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase α regulates phosphatidylcholine synthesis required for lipid droplet biogenesis Mol. Biol. Cell 26(16):2927-2938 [PubMed] [Article]
  2. Morton, CC., Aitchison, AJ., Gehrig, K., and Ridgway, ND, (2013) A mechanism for suppression of the CDP-choline pathway during apoptosis J. Lipid. Res 54:3373-3384 [PubMed] [Article]