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Cancer Biology Program Students

Year you started the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:


Why you chose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program:

Awesome city!  The energy of the campus and the synergy between the clinical and the basic research faculty in the program was a big draw.

What labs you rotated in:

Bryan Haugen, MD PhD

Doug Graham, MD PhD

Andrew Thorburn, PhD

Raphael Nemenoff, PhD

What lab you joined and why:

I joined the Nemenoff lab because of their balance between in vitro and in vivo approaches to lung cancer research.

Short description of your project:

I am exploring the role of cPLA2 in the tumor microenvironment in lung cancer and how it contributes to tumor progression and metastasis.

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

Gettysburg College

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2007).

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

I graduated early so I moved to Vail to be a snowboard instructor at Beaver Creek for the season and then came 'straight' to grad school.

Other school affiliated activities / clubs you are involved in:


What you like to do outside of school:

I love to surf, snowboard, teach snowboarding, brew beer, go to beer festivals, camping, hiking, world traveling, listening / making music, concerts, Broncos / Rockies / Nuggets games.