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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Alison K. Bauer, PhD



Pulmonary Toxicology


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


The student must have completed 2 years of college

Number of openings: 1


My laboratory currently has two main focus areas of research; one centers around the role of the innate immune system in pulmonary neoplastic and non-neoplastic disseases and the other focuses on environmental carcinogenesis, specifically the role of particles and low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydorcarbons (PAHs) in lung tumor promotion.


Assays to measure gap junctional intercellular communication and downstream signaling events will be done to determine the effects of PAHs and particles such as vanadium pentoxide on gap junctions between cells. 

Students will:  a) learn cell culture, b) perform scrape-load dye-transfer assays using a fluorescence microscope, d) acquire and analyze digital images, e) learn immunoblotting and analysis of protein expression, and f) interpret and discuss results according to the literature.


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