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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:

I came into the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School through the Biomedical Sciences Program.  I discovered through that program my interest in cancer research and decided on the Cancer Biology Program after deciding on a lab.  My PI had affiliations with both Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, but my interest lied more with Cancer Biology.

What labs you rotated in: 

Sandy Martin, PhD

James DeGregori, PhD

Lynn Heasley, PhD

What lab you joined and why:

I joined Lynn Heasley's lab because it offered me the perfect combination of a project that interested me and a lab environment that was both comfortable and compatible with my learning style.

Short description of your project:

I am investigating the role of the onogene KRAS in cell signaling, particularly in lung cancers.

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

Calvin College

Major, Biology

Minor, Biochemistry

What you did (if anything) between undergraduate and graduate

I entered directly to graduate school, and got married over the intervening summer.

Other school affiliated activities / clubs you are involved in:


What you like to do outside of school:

Hiking, camping, cooking, baking and paper crafts.

What is your favorite thing about Colorado?

The weather!  I also like the close proximity of a great metropolitan area with a great mountain wilderness area.