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Jessica Ponder, MS

​​PhD Student


Jessica Ponder, MS
I am primarily interested in utilizing natural products as sources for the discovery and development of novel therapeutics.  My current project is focused on elucidating the mechanisms by which parthenolide, a sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the aerial parts of Tanacetum parthenium, is able to selectively eradicate leukemic stem cells. 

By developing a computational model of the quantitative structure-activity relationship for parthenolide derivatives, we hope to gain insight into both the mechanism of parthenolide's selective toxicity as well the targetable differences present in leukemic stem cells.
 
Email: Jessica.Ponder@ucdenver.edu
Tel: 303-724-8274