Cancer Biology Program Students
1. Why did you choose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program?
a. I choose cancer biology because it is clinically translatable and my goals are to pursue bench work that
can be transferred to the clinic
2. What labs are you rotating in?
a. I am in Dr. Amy Keating’s Lab (I rotated through Amy brooks-kayal, Doug Graham, and Ken Tyler’s labs as
3. Please describe you project?
a. I am researching the up-regulation of MerTK in glioblastoma. Particularly the effects of MerTK knockdown
in glioma cell lines, focusing on apoptosis and autophagy.
4. Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor?
a. I went to University of Colorado at Boulder and majored in Economics.
5. What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school?
a. I worked in a series of laboratories on campus: First, Dr. Richard Spritz working on a genome wide
association study for vitiligo. Secondly, Dr. Paul E. Wischmeyer researching the protective effects of glutamine
supplementation in patients undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. Lastly, in Dr. Nick Foreman’s lab researching
potential of Diffuse intrinsic pontine primitive neuroectodermal tumors being misdiagnosed as diffuse intrinsic
pontine gliomas by gene expression microarray.
6. Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in?
a. I am secretary of the graduate student council, I am a student senator for AMC, I started a book club
for the graduate school, I am part of AAAS, and CCTSI
7. What do you like to do outside of school?
a. Run, ski, read, hike, bike, experience new restaurants, travel.
8. What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
a. The people
9. Your contact information-
a. Email: Alexandra Sufit
b. phone number: 303-807-5118 (cell)
c. office number: 303-724-7316 (work)