Why did you choose the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus? I applied here because I loved visiting Colorado as a kid and I wanted to study cancer biology, and after my interview weekend I knew this was a great environment for graduate school. This program and the campus as a whole is welcoming and collaborative, there are multiple hospitals on campus including a Cancer Center, and there’s a wide range of research topics in the program.
In whose labs did you rotate? Jennifer Richer, PhD Diana Cittelly, PhD Scott Cramer, PhD
Short description of your project: The Cramer lab investigates the molecular underpinnings of prostate cancer through the use of stem cell models and in vivo work. My project focuses on identifying the molecular alterations and signaling pathways involved in potential subtypes of prostate cancer. Through the stem cell and in vivo models, we hope to better understand molecular subtypes of prostate cancer and identify novel therapies for patients.
Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor? Clemson University (Clemson, SC) B.S. Genetics/ B.S. Biochemistry/ Minor is Spanish
What (if anything) did you do between undergraduate and graduate school? I came straight to graduate school
School-Affiliated activities/clubs: Careers in Science Club Academia Industry Alliance
Outside Interests: I enjoy playing soccer, helping a local charity, skiing and hiking, and hanging out with my dogs
What is your favorite thing about Colorado? I can go skiing or hiking, check out a brewery, and try a new restaurant all in one day.
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Katie O'Neill Richer Lab
Year started the Program: 2016
Why did you choose the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus? I was really impressed with the research being done at Anschutz, and there were several labs I was excited to rotate with. I found students and faculty to be collaborative, passionate, and happy to be at Colorado. Denver is also a great place to live-- I love being in the city and having mountains close by.
In whose labs did you rotate? Xiao Jing Wang Andrew Thorburn Jennifer Richer
Short description of your project: I joined the Richer lab, where I study how cell metabolism supports metastatic and mesenchymal phenotypes in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, with a focus on lipid metabolism as well as tryptophan metabolism.
Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor? Northeastern University, Neuroscience
What (if anything) did you do between undergraduate and graduate school? After graduating college, I spent 3 years at a small biotech in New York City with a metabolism group focused on target validation and drug discovery in cancer.
School-Affiliated activities/clubs: STEM outreach, Cancer Biology Student Advisory Board
Outside Interests: Exploring Denver's restaurant, bar, and music scene. Backpacking, snowboarding, Netflix.
What is your favorite thing about Colorado? Mountains, great beer, Mexican food, and the weather.
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Maddie Rose Schweppe Lab
Year started the Program: 2016
Why did you choose the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus? I chose the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus because of the collaborative atmosphere and the close affiliation the school has with the hospital. Collaboration is how science progresses, so it was important to me to be at an institution that not only fosters collaboration within its own institution, but also fosters collaborations with institutions across the country and the world. Having a close affiliation with the hospital gives us the opportunity to access to patient samples that can be used directly in our research.
In whose labs did you rotate? Paul Jedlicka Dan Sherbenou Rebecca Schweppe
Short description of your project: I chose Rebecca Schweppe’s lab as my thesis lab. My project defining the molecular mechanisms by which Src and MAPK inhibition exerts its anti-tumor effects, with a specific focus on apoptosis, in order to develop new therapeutic strategies to enhance this effect.
Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor? Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
What (if anything) did you do between undergraduate and graduate school? Went straight into graduate school after graduating from undergrad.
School-Affiliated activities/clubs: Logistics committee for Brent’s Place
Outside Interests: Snowboarding, hiking, soccer
What is your favorite thing about Colorado? My favorite thing about Colorado is the balance between urban and suburban life. Being in Denver has all the perks of a big city, but also all the mountains close by to have that outdoor lifestyle.
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