News In Brief: Human Science Students Present at Major Cancer Research Meeting

APRIL 27, 2015 – Four human science majors at the School of Nursing & Health Studies presented last week at the 106th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held in Philadelphia.

Rachel Acree (NHS’16), Katherine Connors (NHS’15), Christopher Grivas (NHS’15), and Victor Wang (NHS’15) showcased their research posters at the event, which was themed, “Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients.”

“Our department works to create meaningful opportunities for faculty-mentored student research and students to share their scientific findings,” said Rosemary K. Sokas, MD, MOH, chair of the Department of Human Science. “Presenting at a major meeting like AACR is a wonderful experience for our student investigators and a testament to the dedication of their mentors.”

NPY and Strigolactones

Grivas and Wang work under the mentorship of Ronit Yarden, PhD, assistant professor of human science, on research related to the effect of strigolactones on cancer cells.

Acree and Connors work with Jason Tilan, PhD, assistant professor of nursing and human science, on neuropeptide Y in Ewing sarcoma metastases within the laboratory of Joanna Kitlinska, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

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In addition to opportunities to present at major national meetings, undergraduate students annually showcase their research at the university’s Undergraduate Research Conference, sponsored annually by the Department of Human Science.

Read more about the 2015 conference here.