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Cancer Biology Program Students

Why you chose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:  


Why you chose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:

I like that the program is so research focused and the faculty are very involved and willing to teach the students, even though that teaching isn't always in a classroom setting. There is a good combination of basic science, translational research and clinical studies, due to the proximity of the Cancer Center and the University Hospital.  Also, I was already in Denver, so the location was good for me.

What labs you rotated in:

Jennifer Richer, PhD

Arthur Gutierrez-Hartman, MD

Steve Nordeen, PhD

What lab you joined and why:

I joined the Richer lab because I wanted to study metastasis, so the project was right for me. Jennifer is always available to offer advice on projects and problems, and she's very easy to talk to. Also I enjoy working with the other lab members, and I really like the collaborative spirit in the lab.

Short description of your project:

I am studying miR-200c in breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.  I have identified targets of miR-200c that directly affect the ability of the cancer cells to; survive without extracellular matrix attachment, proliferate, migrate and invade.  These are all characteristics that contribute to the progression and metastasis of these carcinomas.

Where you attended undergraduate and what your major / minor(s) were:

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Major in Mechanical Engineering

Minors in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate school:

I attended CU Boulder as a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Other school affiliated activities / clubs you are involved in:


What you like to do outside of school:

Play with my dogs (Aussie Shepherd and a Border Collie mutt), knit, snowboard, play Rock Band

What is your favorite thing about Colorado?

The random and unpredictable weather