Why did you choose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program?
The role of microRNAs in cancer is a research area that interests me. The Cancer Biology Program at UC Denver offers a wide range of research projects, many of which sparked my specific interest in microRNAs. The Cancer Biology program UC Denver, provides a wide variety of research areas for its students to explore before deciding what area their thesis will be in. The Anschutz Medical Campus was also a very convincing component of this program. The clinical application this program offers to its students is very unique.
What labs are you rotating in?
Xiao-Jing Wang, MD/PhD
Jennifer Richer, PhD
Please describe you project?
During my rotation with Dr. Wang, my project focused primarily on the effect microRNA-9 has on the side population (SP) of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). The side population of these cell lines and tumors increases with the over-expression of miR-9. Through flow cytometry, we have been able to separate the stem-like cells from the normal cancer stem cells. The overexpression of miR-9 in other squamous cell carcinoma cell lines used in our lab increases metastasis as well as migration/invasion. All together, characterizing the role of miR-9 in HNSCC metastasis is the primary goal of my project.
Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor?
Grand Valley State University B.S., Cell & Molecular Biology
What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school?
I applied directly to graduate school from undergrad
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What do you like to do outside of school?
Explore downtown Denver, Hike in the mountains, Attend sporting events
What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
The 300+ days of sunshine a year, The active lifestyle
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