Julie Deleemans

MSc. PhD candidate


MSc. PhD candidate - Medical Science

Western University, 2016; University of Calgary, projected, 2021

Contact information

Research and teaching

Research Project

The Chemo-Gut Project - Explore


Supervisor: Dr. Linda E. Carlson

Julie is a stage 4 laryngeal cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2006, at the age of 18. Presently, she is a 4th year PhD. candidate in Medical Science at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. Her doctoral research, the Chemo-Gut study, investigates the long-term effects of chemotherapy on the gut microbiome, and how this relates to physical and mental health outcomes in cancer survivors.

In addition to her academic work, Julie enjoys volunteering with various cancer groups, committees, and is involved in numerous advocacy initiatives. She enjoys pole fitness, yoga and golf, and spending time with her close friends and three-legged rescue kitty, Calvin.

Through her research and advocacy work, Julie is passionate about helping other people affected by cancer. Her future goal is to establish a program of research that integrates prebiotic and/or probiotics supplementation with diet and exercise-based interventions aimed at preventing or reversing some of the negative long-term treatment related effects that many cancer survivors face.


  1. Johnson, J.A., Subnis, U., Carlson, L.E., Garland, S.N., Santos-Iglesias, P., Piedalue, K.L., Deleemans, J.M., & Campbell, T.S. (2020). Effects of light therapy intervention on diurnal salivary cortisol in fatigued cancer survivors: A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110266
  2. Deleemans, J.M., Chleilat, F., Reimer, R.A., Henning, J-W., Baydoun, M., Piedalue, K-A., McLennan, A., & Carlson, L.E. (2019). The chemo-gut study: investigating the long-term effects of chemotherapy on gut microbiota, metabolic, immune, psychological and cognitive parameters in young adult Cancer survivors; study protocol. BMC Cancer. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6473-8
  3. Deleemans, J.M., Mothersill, K.J., Bultz, B.D., & Schulte, F. (2019). Ethical considerations in screening head and neck cancer patients for psychosocial distress. Supportive Care in Cancer. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-04860-8
  4. Carlson, L.E., Toivonen, K., Flynn, M., Deleemans, J.M., Piedalue, K-A., Tolsdorf, E., Subnis, U. (2018). The Role of Hypnosis in Cancer Care. Current Oncology Reports, 20 (93). doi.org/10.1007/s11912-018-0739-1


Select awards from the last 3 years:

  1. Emmy Duff Foundation Scholarship (2020)
  2. Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship (2020)
  3. Dr. Murray Fraser Memorial Graduate Scholarship (2020)
  4. William H. Davies Medical Research Scholarship (2020)
  5. Daniel Family Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Research (2020)
  6. TRACTION Student Fellowship Award (2019 – 2020)
  7. Daniel Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, Impact, and Outreach (2019)
  8. Society for Integrative Oncology Patient Advocate Travel Award (2018)
  9. TRACTION Student Training Award (2018 – 2019)
  10. Alexa W. Church Graduate Scholarship in Medical Science (2018)
  11. Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship (2018)