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Rebecca Dielschneider


Rebecca Dielschneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Rebecca Dielschneider was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science, Honours, with Co-op in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. She worked at the National Microbiology Laboratory and Immunovaccine Technologies Incorporated. Rebecca graduated with a Ph.D. in the Department of Immunology from the University of Manitoba in 2016. She was a student leader, won research and presentations awards and is one of Manitoba’s Future 40 Under 40.

  • 235.12 Introduction to Biology I (includes lab)
  • 235.13 Introduction to Biology II (includes lab)
  • 239.11 Popular Life Science
  • 235.11 Essentials of Microbiology (includes lab)
  • 235.23 Genetics (includes lab)
  • 235.22 Cell Biology (includes lab)
  • 235.32 Immunology
  • 235.34 Human Disease
  • 235.31 Laboratory and Research Methods
  • 235.42 Cancer Biology
  • 232.41 Topics in Health Research

University of Manitoba

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Department of Immunology


Dalhousie University

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.), with Co-op

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

First Class Honours



  • Providence University College, Faculty (since 2016)


  • ImmunoVaccine Technologies Inc. (Halifax, NS), Research Assistant (2010)
  • National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada (Winnipeg, MB), Co-op Research Assistant (2009-2010)

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA)
  • Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (CMSB)
  • Canadian Society of Immunology (CSI)
  • American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Society of Hematology (ASH)

Select Awards

  • 1st Place - CancerCare Manitoba Research Day (2013, 2014, 2016)
  • George D. Smith Award for Research Excellence - Canadian CLL Meeting (2015)
  • Gold Leaf Award for Emerging Leader Award in Biotechnology Research - BIOTECanada (2015)
  • Emerging Leader Award - University of Manitoba (2015)
  • Manitoba's Future 40 Under 40 - CBC (2015)
  • 2nd Place - Canadian National Three Minute Thesis Competition (2015)
  • 1st Place - University of Manitoba Three Minute Thesis Competition (2015)
  • Gold - National Competition, Canadian Student Health Research Forum (2014)
  • PhD Award (2 years of funding support, renewed) - Research Manitoba (2013, 2015)
  • Academic Excellence - Department of Immunology, University of Manitoba (2013)
  • Masters Award (1 year of funding support) - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2012)


  • Ph.D. Thesis "Targeting Susceptible Signaling Pathways in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia", 2016
  • B.Sc. Honours Thesis "Oncolysis and Immunomodulation in Ovarian Peritoneal Carcinomatosis", 2011

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Dielschneider R, Eisenstat H, Xiao WY, et al. Lysosomotropic Agents Selectively Target Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Cells Due to Altered Sphingolipid Metabolism. Leukemia, 2015; doi: 10.1038/leu.2016.4. 
  • Dielschneider R, Xiao WY, Yoon JY, et al. Gefitinib targets ZAP-70 expressing chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells and inhibits B cell receptor signaling. Cell Death and Disease, 2014; 5:e1439. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2014.391.
  • Gujar SA, Clements D, Dielschneider R, et al. Gemcitabine enhances the efficacy of reovirus-based oncotherapy through anti-tumor immunological mechanisms. British Journal of Cancer, 2014; 110(1):83-93. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2013.695.
  • Gujar S, Dielschneider R, Clements D, et al. Multifaceted therapeutic targeting of ovarian peritoneal carcinomatosis through virus-induced immunomodulation. Molecular Therapy, 2013:21(2);338-47. doi: 10.1038/mt.2012.228.

Workshops & Presentations