Below are previous Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows.

2017 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Alex Avendano
Project – Identifying Contributions of PTEN Deleted Pancreatic Cancer Associated Fibroblasts to Tumor Mechanopathology

Donald Belcher
Project – Chemo Sensitization of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Facilitated by Polymerized Human Hemoglobins

Russell Bonneville
Project – Assessment of Microsatellite Instability Across the Landscape of Human Cancer

Chia-Wen Chang
Project – Microfluidic Lymphatic Vessel Analogue System for Studying Lymphangiogenesis and Lung Cancer Intravasation

Luxi Chen
Project – Development and Regulation of the Human Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cell

Miranda Gardner
Project – The Tale Behind the Tails: A Mass Spectrometry-Based Approach to Investigate the Role of a Histone Methyltransferase, EZH2, in Chromatin Remodeling, Cell Proliferation and Tumorigenesis

Eileen Hu
Project – A Paradigm Shift in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: The Role of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in CLL Leukemogenesis

Hanyang Huang
Project – Smartphone Based Whole Slide Scanner for Fast Tumor Identification and Accurate Diagnosis 

Jose Javier
Active Transforming Growth Factor ß1 (aTGFß-1) as a Predisposing Factor of B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia During Chronic Inflammatory Stress

Debadrita Modak
Project – Structural Insights into Protocadherin7 Mediated Carcinoma-Astrocyte Gap Junction Formation Which Promotes Brain Metastasis

Madeline Niederkorn
Project – Uncovering Mechanisms of Del (5q) MDS/AML Disease Progression Through the TIFAB-USP15 Signalosome

Andrew Reed
Project – Investigation Into the Effects of Human DNA Polymerase ß Cancer Variants on 8-oxoG Repair

Lee Sprague
Project – The Virus Induced Therapeutic Adjuvant Effect

David Weiss
Project – The Impact of Stress, Depression, and Treatment on Vaccine Responses in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

2016 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Amruta Ashtekar
Project – Role of Mitochondrial Metabolism and Tumor Suppressor SDHD in Thyroid Cancer

Andrea Patterson
Project – Stromal Paracrine Signaling in the Mechanism of Mammary Reprogramming Following in Utero xposure to BPA

Bonnie Harrington
Project – Enhancing Antitumor Immunity for Treatment of Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Bradley Cotten
Project – Bioavailability and Activity of Dietary Flavonoids to Alter Cancer Cachexia in a Mouse Model

Chi-Ling Chiang
Project – A Microchannel Electroporation Array Enables Identification and Characterization of Leukemic Stem Cells in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Christina Knippler
Project – Characterization of the BRAF-PAK Complex in Thyroid Cancer

Daniel Dayeh
Project – SAPHIRE: A Novel Method for Sequence-Specific Targeting of Cancer-Mediating RNA

David Frankhouser
Project – Dietary n-3 Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer Prevention - Effects on DNA Methylation in Breast Tissue and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

Grant Foglesong
Project – Leptin Mediates the Anti-Breast Cancer Effects of Environmental Enrichment in Mice

Kara Braunreiter
Project – Understanding Regulation of Oscillatory Gene Expression and Its Role in Differentiation

Luke Russell
Project – Characterization of the oncolytic and immune effects of RAPTOR: a novel oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus 1 expressing PTEN-L for Glioblastoma Therapy in Vitro and in Vivo

Samantha Ohmer
Project – The Effect of Pregnancy on Hepatitis C Liver Disease and Cancer Risk

Tasha Wilkie
Project – The Role of Chronic Inflammatory Environment in Promoting Breast Cancer Progression

Yajun Liu
Project – Regulation of the Membrane Binding of F-BAR Protein Rga7 by the Novel Protein Rng10 During Cytokinesis

Yao Wan
Project – Novel Functions of Actin Cytoskeleton and Mitochondrial Proteins in Splicing of tRNAs

Yo-Ting Tsai
Project – In Vivo Impact of BRAFV600E on Tumor-Mediated Immune Suppression

2015 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Jeremy Borniger
Project – Assessing the Role of Neuroinflammation in Cancer and Chemotherapy-Induced Sleep Disruption

Mark Calhoun
Project – Evaluation of Microenvironmental Cues Towards the Identification of Novel Drug Targets

Amanda Campbell
Project – Regulation of the Natural Killer Cell Anti-Tumor Response by Myeloid-Derived Immune Cells

David Ciarlariello
Project – Interferon Gamma Promotes Natural Killer Cell-Specific Immunoevasive Strategies in Multiple Myeloma

Daniel Comiskey
Project – Modulating MDM2 Alternative Splicing to Control Tumor Progression

Nicholas Denton
Project – Tumor Associated Macrophages Mitigate Herpes Simplex Oncolytic Virus Therapy

Shuai Dong
Project – Unraveling the Role of PI3K p110-δ in T cell Immunomodulation in Leukemia

Rebecca Hennessey
Project – The Role of Ultraviolet (UV) Light in NRAS Mutant Melanoma

Michael Hoover
Project – Determining the Regulatory role of Histone H1.4 Phosphorylation in Breast Cancer

Spenser Hughes
Project – Parasympathetic Activity, Pain, Cancer-Related Intrusive Thoughts and Cancer-Related Fatigue During Breast Cancer Survivorship

Chris Koivisto
Project – Characterizing the Effects of Dietary-Induced Obesity and PTEN Loss-of-Function in Development and Progression of Endometrial Carcinoma

Cassandra Moyer
Project – Characterization of Novel BRIP1 Variants in Early-Onset Breast Cancer

Nivedita Ratnam
Project – NF-kB Mediated Suppression of Macrophage Activity During Initiation of Cancer

Morgan Schrock
Project – Characterization of DNA Damage in Fhit-Ddeficient Stem Cells and Tissue Progenitors Cells: Informing the Origin of Cancer Stem Cells

Emily Smith
Project – Arginine Methylation as an Epigenetic Driver of B Cell Transformation

Kun-Yu Teng
Project – Development of Novel Therapy for Hepatocellular Cancer in Preclinical Models

Katie Thies
Project – The Role of PU.1 in Macrophages During Breast Cancer Metastasis

Allison Webb
Project – Identification of Pax Protein Coordination of EGF Pathway Activity in Signaling and Responding Cells

Travis Westbrook
Project – Biobehavioral Studies of Cancer-Specific Stress in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Zhen Yu
Project – Design of Anticancer Catalytic Metallodrugs that Selectively Shorten G-quadruplex Telomeric DNA

Walter Zahurancik
Project – Kinetic Basis for Tumorigenesis by Cancer-Associated Pol? Exonuclease Domain Mutants

2014 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Paula Agudelo
Project – Influence of HAT1 in Protein Acetylation and Cell Metabolism

Yuntao Bai
Project – Exposure to Fine Particulate Matters (PM2.5) Promotes Vasculogenesis and Tumor Growth Mediated by Tumor-Associated Macrophages (TAMs) in an Orthotopic Lung Tumor Model

Kyle Beckwith
Project – Targeting CD37 and Elucidating its Role in B-Cell Malignancy

Heather Derry
Project – Cognitive Function and Cardiorespiratory Fitness During Breast Cancer Survivorship

Priscilla Do
Project – The Role of CTLA-4 in Promoting Leukemic Cell Survival in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Julia Harris
Project – Regulation of the BLM Topoisomerase IIalpha Interaction via BLM Phosphorylation

Kyle LaPak
Project – Unraveling the Driving Mechanisms of 9p21.3 Tumor Susceptibility

Dongju Park
Project – PALB2 and its Role in BRCAs-Mediated Tumor Suppression

Jason Pitarresi
Project – Fibroblast Specific Deletion of Smoothened Accelerates Kras-Driven Pancreatic Tumorigenesis

Kristen Roberts
Project – Black Raspberry Bioactives and Cancer: Novel Foods, Biodistribution and Impact

Steven Scoville
Project – The Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Natural Killer Cell Development

Benjamin Sunkel
Project – Inhibiting CREB1/FoxA1 Target Gene-Driven Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Kanu Wahi
Project – Examining the Role of mir-125a in Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the Notch Pathway

Chao Wang
Project – Discovering Integrative Biomarkers for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Catherine Waters
Project – Fhit Loss-Induced DNA Damage Facilitates APOBEC-Mediated Mutagenesis

Jian Wu
Project – High-Throughput Structural and Functional Analysis of RNA 3D Structures

Bo Zhang
Project – Characterization of the Localization of Hrr25/CK1δ to P-Bodies

Yihua Zhu
Project – Characterization of a Novel Protein Rng13 in Maintaining Contractile Ring Stability and Cell Integrity During Fission Yeast Cytokinesis

2013 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Daniel Arango-Tamayo
Project: Chemo-Preventive Mechanisms of Newly Formulated Flavonoid-Rich Diets in Breast Cancer

Subhasree Balakrishnan
Project: Fibroblast-Specific Pten Deletion Alters Errb2-Targeted Tumor Initiating Luminal Progenitors Accelerating Breast Tumorigenesis

Joelle Fenger
Project: Characterization of miR-9 Expression and Activation in Canine Osteosarcoma

Madelyn Gerber
Project: Identification of AURKA- and PTPRJ- interaction Human Colorectal Cancer Susceptibility Loci

Adam Hinzey
Project: Social Influences on the Breast Cancer Microenvironment

Muhtadi Islam
Project: Deep Mutagenesis of BRCA1 and Function in DNA Repair

Monica Lindgren
Project: Depression and Social Support: Implications for Treatment Adherence and Quality of Life Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Joseph Marquardt
Project: The Centrosomal Localization of the Kinase Mps1 is Important for its Function Throughout the Cell Cycle

Brian Maxwell
Project: Conformation Dynamics of Polymerase Switching During the Bypass of Mutagenic DNA Lesions

Mark Nelson
Project: Biomimetic Nanoscale Device for High-Throughput Anti-Metastatic Drug Screening

Komal Rambani
Project: Identifying Stroma-Derived Oncogenic Signals and Their Potential as Novel Therapeutic Targets in Pancreatic Cancer

Chaojie Wang
Project: The role of RCAN1-4 as a Tumor Metastasis Suppressor Gene

Kang Wei
Project: Development of an Adaptive Electro-Optofluidic Laparoscope with Switchable, Wide-Angle, Two-Dimension and Three-Dimension Imaging for Intra-Abdominal Tumor Examination and Resection

Jingyan Wu
Project: Identification and Characterization of Novel Genes Involved in tRNA Biogenesis, Stability and Subcellular Movement

Helong Zhao
Project: Role of Slit-Robo in LPS-Induced Endothelial Inflammation and Gastric/Colorectal Cancer Angiogenesis and Development

2012 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Cai Chen
Project: Role of RNA Editing in the Cancer Transcriptome and Cancer Subtype Discrimination

Johnna Dominick Burke
Project: The Role of ATF3 in Lymphocytes to Promote Melanoma Metastasis

William Hankey
Project: Chromatin-Associated Functions of the APC Tumor Suppressor

En-Chi Hsu
Project: Targeting the IL-6-NF-κB Signaling Loop in Breast Cancer Stem Cells by a Novel Integrin-Linked Kinase Inhibitor, T315

Aishwarya Jacob
Project: Stress-Induced MDM2 Splicing is Dictated by Conserved Cis Elements and their Binding Factors

I-Ju Lee
Project: Regulation of Cytokinesis and Cell Polarity by Putative Rho-GEF Gef2 in Fission Yeast

Hui-wen Liu
Project: Genome-Wide Mapping of SUMO-1 in Human Cells and its Implications for Transcription Control During Cell Cycle Progression

Ta-Ming Liu
Project: Integrin Linked Kinase has a Survival Function and is a Novel Therapeutic Target in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Yicheng Long
Project: Thg1 Enzyme Function in Mitochondria

Alexander R. de N. Lucas
Project: Lifestyle Behaviors in a Sample of Endometrial Cancer Survivors

Daphne Pringle
Project: PRKAR1A and PTEN Mutations in Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma: Identifying Molecular Mechanisms of Metastasis and Novel Targets for Therapy

Khyati Shah
Project: Characterization of the Role of P‐Bodies for a Quiescent Cell Survival Project

2011 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Yadwinder S. Deol
Project: Role of S100A7 in Estrogen Receptor Positive Cancers: Treatment of Hormone or Endocrine Resistant Breast Tumors

Meera Govindaraghavan
Project: Understanding the Functional Relationship Between Mitotic Protein Phosphorylation and Methylation as a Basis for Development of Novel Chemotherapies

Patrick Grierson
Project: The BLM Helicase Facilitates RNA Polymerase I-Mediated Ribosomal RNA Transcription; Implications for Cell Growth Rate Control

Kara Kliewer
Project: Mechanisms of Lipolysis and Lipid Utilization in Adipose Tissue in Cancer Cachexia

Christopher R. Lucas
Project: Prohibitin-1: A potential Novel Therapeutic Target in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Katja Machemer
Project: Regulation of Plant Development by MYB Transcription Factors

James Phelan
Project: Lymphoid Malignancies Critically Require Growth Factor Independent 1 (Gfi1) for Tumor Initiation and Maintenance

Chenguang Zhou
Project: Targeted Lipid and Surfactant Nanocarriers for Therapeutic Delivery of Anti-miR Oligos to Hepatocellular Cancer

Rachel Zielinski
Project: The Role of Substrate Stiffness and Cell Mechanics in Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition of Cancer Cells

Nicholas Zorko
Project: Analysis of Epigenetic Changes Leading to Leukemia Stem Cell Development in a Double Knock-in Mouse Model of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

2010 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Jennifer Ahn-Jarvis
Project: Evaluating Bioavailability of Isoflavones Delivered by Soy Bread in Men with Recurring Prostate Cancer and Rising Prostate Specific Antigen

Christina Austin
Project: Ligand Specificity in EGFR Signaling in Drosophila Melanogaster

Edward Briercheck
Project: The Role of PTEN in Human Natural Killer Cell Function

Huizi Chen
Project: Atypical Mammalian Repressors E2F7 and E2F8 Link Hepatocyte Endocycle Regulation with Tumor Suppression

Hsiao-Ching Chuang
Project: Combining Poly-(ADP-ribose) Polymerase (PARP) Inhibitors with FTY-720 as a Novel Therapeutic Approach for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Nripesh Dhungel
Project: tRNA Splicing Endonuclease: Investigating Novel Functions

Zhongqi Ge
Project: Role of Acetylation of Newly Synthesized Histone H4 in DNA Repair Linked Chromatin Reassembly

April Renee Sandy Gocha
Project: BRCA1 and RecQ-like Helicases in the Control of Telomere Maintenance

Geoffrey Gonzalez
Project: Establishment of Salmonella Gallbladder Carriage: Role in Hepatobiliary Carcinoma

Brian J Hutzen
Project: Treatment of Medulloblastoma with Re-Targeted Oncolytic Measles Viruses

Huayang Liu
Project: A Novel Genome-Wide Screen to Identify Novel Regulators of the Tumor Microenvironment

Justin Andrew North
Project: A Study of the Molecular Mechanism by Which Human Rad51 and MSH2/MSH6 Clear Their Own Path for DNA Repair

Sundaresan Raman
Project: A Framework for Analysis of Vasculature Phenotypes in the Tumor Microenvironment

Shreyas S. Rao
Project: Brain Mimetic Biomaterials for Investigating Tumor Cell Migration

Maurisa Flynn Riley
Project: Examining Post-Transcriptional Regulation of the Notch Pathway by microRNAs

Amit Sharma
Project: Novel Translation Control Strategy of junD Protooncogene, a Modulator of Neoplastic Transformation

Hosung Sim
Project: Molecular Orchestration Between Cancer Cells and Microenvironment for Brain Tumor Progression: Activation of PDGF Signaling by Tumor-Secreted Proteoglycans

David A. Taffany
Project: Ets2-Mediated Global Genetic and Epigenetic Alterations to the Myeloid Genome Throughout the Course of Tumor Progression

Chuang Tan
Project: The Repair Dynamics of UV-Induced DNA Damage by Photolyase

Bo Wang
Project: Role of Cancer Stem Cells in Choline-Deficient and Ethionine Supplemented (CDE) Diet-Induced Hepatocarcinogenesis in Liver-Specific miR-122 Knockout Mice

Jamie N. Wolf
Project: Roles of RNA Polymerases IV and V RNA-Directed DNA Methylation of Geminivirus DNA

Salene M. Wu
Project: Relationship of General and Health-Related Anxiety and Worry to Markers of Inflammation in Women with Recurrent Cancer

Mentor – Andre Palmer


Project – Chemo Sensitization of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Facilitated by Polymerized Human Hemoglobins.

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