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


Research Project


Jennifer Chen

Thomas Ahern, PhD, MPH


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


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, Juckett Summer Student Scholar

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.