UVM Cancer Center announces Summer Student Fellowships in Cancer Research Awardees

April 14, 2022 by Kate Strotmeyer

These $3,000 stipends support summer research projects by graduate or medical school students over an 8-to-12-week period for cancer-related basic, clinical/translational, or population science research conducted under the mentorship of a UVM Cancer Center Full or Associate Member. In addition to the student stipend, each mentor’s lab is awarded up to $1,000 to cover project-related expenses.

Nine exceptional applications were judged to merit award:

Student Researcher

Mentor

Research Project

 

Jennifer Chen

Thomas Ahern, PhD, MPH

Surgery

Racial and geographic disparities in breast lymphedema

Randi Gravelle

Brian Cunniff, PhD

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Mitochondrial dynamics support breast cancer tumorigenesis

 

Kanayo Ikeh

Nimrat Chatterjee, PhD

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Unraveling the functional dynamics of REV1 during cancer cell response to therapy

 

Ellen Mats

Shahid Ahmed, MBBS

Hematology & Oncology

The Influence of Bacteria on the Formation of an Immune-Escaped Bladder Cancer: A Pilot Correlative Study

 

Gopika Nandagopal

Alan Howe, PhD

Pharmacology

Investigating the STK11 C-terminal domain in lung cancer

 

Arjune Nibber

David Seward, MD, PhD

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Characterization of STK11 Missense Variants Using Prime Editing

 

Shannon Prior

Paula Deming, PhD

Biomedical & Health Sciences

Investigating metabolic rewiring in progression of STK11-null lung cancer: glutamine dependence and the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway

 

Alyssa Richman

Seth Frietze, PhD

Biomedical & Health Sciences

Epigenetic Analysis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 

Jennifer Toner

Peter Kaufman, MD

Hematology & Oncology

Correlating Properties of Breast Cancer Organoids to Patient's Tumor Information

 

In addition to the research projects, the students will participate in an end-of-program poster session.