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Cancer Biology Program Students

Ryan Raithel

Student Questionnaire:

            Why did you choose the UC Denver Cancer Biology Program?

Cancer is a complex disease that comes in a wide array of forms and has a heavy impact on the world.  It has become such a prominent issue that it really deserves a program of its own.  I like the intense focus on cancer that this program provides.  I was also swayed by the caliber and breadth of cancer research at this school. 

           What labs are you rotating in?

Paul Jedlicka, MD PhD

Doug Graham, MD PhD

Mary Reyland, PhD

         Please describe you project?

My project studies the role of PKCδ in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).  PKCδ is classically known as an inducer of apoptosis and hence, a tumor suppressor.  But, in some cancers (such as lung) PKCδ has been shown to have a role in tumor promotion.  Understanding how PKCδ takes on such contrasting functions is key to establishing its impact in tumors.  My project will focus on the particular role of this signaling molecule in HNSCC.

          Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor?

Boston University

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

           Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in?

           What do you like to do outside of school?

Ice Hockey. Snowboarding. Broncos!

          What is your favorite thing about Colorado?

The snowy weather. 

          Your contact information-

a.       email

b.      phone number

c.       office number