Cancer Biology Program Students
1. Why did you choose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program? I wanted a cancer-specific program, as that is
my research interest. Our journal clubs and weekly seminars are always related to cancer biology, and it is
great being surrounded by students who share the same research focus to collaborate with and to talk to about
2. What labs are you rotating in? Doug Graham, MD PhD, and Andrew Thorburn, PhD
3. Please describe you project? I work with Mer, a receptor tyrosine kinase, and its role in non-small
cell lung cancer. Our laboratory is developing novel therapeutic strategies against Mer for clinical
translation, and we are also investigating resistance mechanisms to these therapies as well as biomarkers that
may indicate susceptibility to these therapeutics.
4. Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor? University of Nebraska at
Lincoln. Major: Biological Sciences
5. What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school? Directly entered graduate school
6. Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in? Medical Scientist Training Program
7. What do you like to do outside of school? Hiking, biking, and skiing in the mountains; attending
professional sporting events.
8. What is your favorite thing about Colorado? The weather and the mountains.
9. Your contact information-
a. email Christopher.Cummings@UCDenver.edu
b. phone number 303-724-4007
c. office number P18-4401