Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe, PhD, DSc
Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe is a Cancer Biologist with focus on human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer. Her personalized health approach brings basic research, tumour model engineering, patient-targeted, non-invasive treatments, as well as screening and prevention under the same umbrella.
Her multi-disciplinary and award-winning research portfolio is a reflection of her dual commitment to the humanities and the sciences. Her work includes both qualitative and quantitative aspects. She collaborates with experts in widely spanning fields: physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry, virology, epidemiology, public health, sociology and ethical philosophy. Her love of the arts spills into her work more directly as she supports local artists by incorporating their work in her research. Local designers have prepared images for her scientific articles and a local Indigenous artist was commissioned to create logos for her cancer screening and prevention work.
Her interest in the humanities and sciences is also apparent in her educational history: Dr. Zehbe completed a Magistrum Artium in classics and cultural anthropology (1987) and then obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (1996) and Doctor of Science (1999) in the medical sciences from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden. She was a post-doc and later a scientist at the Deutsches Krebsforschungsinstitut in Heidelberg, Germany, where she worked next to Dr. Harald zur Hausen, a nobel laureate in medicine for his research on HPV as a cancer-causing agent. Dr. Zehbe joined the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) in 2009 with cross appointments at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Biology Department of Lakehead University (LU). She was recently awarded an LU/TBRHRI Research Chair position (November 2015) at the Biology Department.
Dr. Zehbe is known for her successful mentoring of more than 50 students of all levels in the past 7 years with a work philosophy based on collaboration rather than competition among students and staff. A hallmark in Dr. Zehbe’s group is the passion for research with high standards of work ethics and yearning for knowledge and new experiences. Dr. Zehbe embraces many ways of thinking and is a great admirer of Indigenous culture and art. Her student teaching follows the Wilhelm von Humboldt approach incorporating research in learning early on.
Dr. Zehbe gratefully acknowledges federal and provincial funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Institutes of Health Research partnered with NSERC (CHRP), the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Philips Medical Systems, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Northern Cancer Research Foundation (NCRF).
Disclaimer: Dr. Zehbe considers herself a Humboldtian but sometimes she has to deal with mundane chores like scraping her car windshield in the morning.
Last updated on 8 May 2018