For being well on her way to curing cancer: What if cancer cells could be “switched off” like a lightbulb? A breakthrough discovery by Queen’s University PhD student Caitlin Morin has made this notion a real possibility. The 28-year-old Ottawa native identified a chemical compound that binds to DNA and keeps cancer cells from moving on to other parts of the body. Cool, right? Miron won the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation, which will help her quest to format the compound for patient consumption: “Like chemo,” she says, “[but] with less side effects.” —S.B.