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Mike VanWyngarden, BS

Professional Research Assistant

In the Sherbenou lab, I am focused on finding a new strategy for the treatment of multiple myeloma. We have found that translational inhibitors and targeting proteins that facilitate cancer cell survival (apoptosis) very effectively kill myeloma cells. We are now focused on developing this into a new avenue to attack this disease. To accomplish this goal, I use tools of molecular biology, biochemistry and flow cytometry in cell line and in vivo models.

Prior to working at the University of Colorado, I completed my biology degree at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. I received my bachelor of science in biology, as well as a double-minor in neuroscience and psychology in May of 2016.

During my studies at Hope, I first worked as an intern in a virology laboratory. Then, in my senior year of undergrad I became interested in cancer and joined a pancreatic cancer research laboratory at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There I focused on improving early detection of pancreatic cancer, and aimed to identify key factors in cancer progression.

In my free time, I enjoy going hiking, mountain biking, skiing, or doing anything else that’s outdoors. I also love spending time with my friends and family.​