Cancer Biology Program Students
Why did you choose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:
I have always been interested in improving treatment options for cancer patients. I was fortunate to find a wonderful mentor in the program who shares similar goals. Plus, the added bonus of the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program is its small size that creates a very friendly interactive community.
What labs are you rotating in?
I rotated with Kian Behbakht who studies ovarian cancer and Paul Jedlicka, my current thesis advisor who studies Ewing Sarcoma.
Please describe your project:
I am examing the role of the miR-17-92 and miR-106b-25 clusters in Ewing Sarcoma. This includes looking at their roles in regulating the PI3K/Akt pathway for proliferation and escape from apoptosis.
Where did you attended undergraduate school and what was your major / minor:
I graduated with a BS in Microbiology from New Mexico State University with minors in Biochemistry and Spanish.
What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school:
In the six months between undergraduate school and the MST Program, I worked as a substitute teacher my hometown in New Mexico and enjoyed bringing my horse up the levels in three-day eventing.
Other school affiliated activities / clubs you are involved in:
I am involved in the MSTP.
What you like to do outside of school:
I love to ride my horses, ski, and hike.
What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
The outdoors and the fact that everybody is so friendly.