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Cancer Biology Program Students

Emily Kleczko

Year you started the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:
Fall 2009
Why you chose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:
The faculty, facilities and its location in Colorado.
What labs you rotated in:
Jennifer Richer, PhD
Steve Anderson, PhD
Lynn Heasley, PhD
What lab you joined and why:
I joined Lynn Heasley’s lab because I really like his mentoring style as well as the research his lab does.
Short description of your project:
I study resistant mechanisms to targeted therapies in head and neck cancer.  I have been studying the TGFB pathway as an alternative growth factor pathway in response to EGFR-targeted treatment in head and neck cancer.  In addition, I have been working on creating EGFR drug resistant cell lines and am exploring the resistant pathways in these cell lines.  In some of these resistant cell lines, upregulation of components of the FGF/FGFR pathway account for resistance to EGFR-treatment.
Where you attended undergraduate and what your major / minor(s) were:
The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Major, Biological Sciences
Minor, French
What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school:
I worked as a Research Assistant at the East Coast Aids and Cancer Specimen Resource at The George Washington University.
Other school affiliated activities / clubs you are involved in:
CANB Retreat Planning Committee
CANB Seminar Series Planning Committee
What you like to do outside of school:
Reading, hiking, skiing, camping, playing softball, exploring Denver/Colorado
What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
The mountains, and all the outdoor activities.

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