Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellowship Program

The Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease, and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So no matter what their field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all Ohio State undergraduate students may apply.

Getting the brightest undergraduate students at Ohio State to start thinking about cancer is a primary emphasis of the undergraduate program. Undergraduate students try out different fields and make choices that will affect their careers. Many of these students can contribute greatly to the field of cancer research if they have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this critical field.

So far, 223 Pelotonia Undergraduate Student Fellows have been funded. These students have very diverse majors, from Molecular Genetics and Biology to Anthropology and World Literatures, and they work on varied projects that include investigating how different therapeutic agents improve natural killer cells’ ability to kill tumor cells, and measuring how social support may help improve the quality of lives of cancer survivors and their families.

Competition for Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowships is fierce. Each year, approximately 80 undergraduate applications are submitted. Each application is critically reviewed by members of the Pelotonia Fellowship Committee. Because of the prestigious nature of these awards, many students have reported that receiving a fellowship has distinguished them from their peers when applying to and being accepted into medical school or PhD programs.

Most students have financial responsibilities and are not able to volunteer as research assistants in cancer research labs. For that reason, undergraduate fellows are paid a $12,000 annual stipend to work on their independent research projects. This generous stipend allows them to fulfill their financial responsibilities while gaining valuable experience in moving the field of cancer research forward and developing their own projects. During the summer, they are expected to put full-time effort into their projects, and during the academic year, part-time effort.

Up to four fellowships are dedicated to support diversity enhancement. We are looking for diversity not only in applicants, but also in projects. We are very motivated to fund diverse projects and strongly encourage students from all areas of study who are interested in cancer research to apply.

Eligibility

Undergraduate Fellowship Guidelines


2018 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Elaina Boyle

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Mentor – Karin Musier-Forsyth 



Project – Development of a Programmable Ribonuclease Capable of Cleaving Metastasis-Inducing Pathogenic RNA



Summary –  Develop a programmable RNase based on a highly specific yeast AGO and then identify the accessible and targetable sites on the metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) using this newly established technology. This strategy will lead to the development of a highly efficient and cost-effective programmable ribonuclease capable of cleaving pathogenic RNAs such as MALAT1. 



Connection to Cancer  – Since I was a child interested in science, I was always fascinated with cancer research and finding a way to help the multitudes of families that are affected by this disease. Despite not being directly affected, I have seen the devastation to friends who have lost parents and siblings to various cancers. My mom lost her mother to cancer at a relatively young age, and I never got the chance to know her. I did see first-hand how her loss shaped my grandfather’s remaining years as well as the rest of the family, and I would love to contribute to this field and prevent other families from experiencing this grief.



Karthik Chakravarthy 

Karthik Chakravarthy

Mentor – Lawrence Kirschner



Project – Defining How BRAF and NRAS Mutations Cooperate With UVA and UVB Light to Initiate Melanoma



Summary – Use mouse models to determine the efficacy of common UVB filters in preventing melanoma in order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms behind UVA-induced melanoma formation and aid in the formulation of effective melanoma preventatives.



Amanda Deighen

Amanda Deighen

Mentor – Monica Venere



Project – Targeting FACT to Radiosensitize Glioblastoma Cancer Stem Cells



Summary – Monitor the impact of FACT inhibition on the ability of CSCs to repair DNA damage as monitored by immunofluorescence. If the treatment of FACT inhibition in conjunction with irradiation renders positive data, this would provide incentive to further research FACT inhibition via curaxin-137 in conjunction with irradiation in mouse models and as a potential combination treatment for GBM.



Connection to Cancer – My personal connection to cancer is very central to my family. Cancer has affected numerous members on both sides of my family, and all types of cancer as well. I’ve been unfortunate to lose several members but also lucky to witness incredible triumphs of courage and strength in light of these battles. For me, pursuing research in cancer was a means of paying homage to not only my family members but all patients past, current and future that will battle this disease. Ultimately, my goal is to contribute to the field in such a manner that alleviates the hardships associated with cancer and lends to brighter, longer lives.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Aastha Dhakal

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Mentor – Christin Burd



Project – Investigating Signaling and Gene Expression Between Melanoma-Common and -Uncommon NRAS Mutations



Summary – Determine functional differences between NRAS mutations commonly found in melanoma and NRAS mutations found in other cancers to discover potential targets for therapies specific to NRAS-driven melanoma.



Connection to Cancer – As a child (and even now), I used to follow my father around whenever I got the chance. He is a cancer pathologist, so sometimes people would come to him for a second opinion on a diagnosis regarding cancer. I have sat in on some of those meetings and witnessed the impact of the diagnosis on those people and their families. The first thing they would always ask was "why" and "how," and those are hard questions to answer. Their reactions and vulnerability left a deep impact on me. A few of my family friends had cancer and were fortunate to beat it, but there are many people that are not that lucky. So when I got to college, I wanted to participate in cancer research to understand the question of why and how, leading me to my research.



Kelly Dubay

Kelly Dubay

Mentor – Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate 



Project – Effects of Physical Activity on the Adipose Tissue Microenvironment That Impact Pancreas Cancer



Summary – Study the role of the physical activity-induced, anti-inflammatory effect in pancreatic tumors and its relation to the changing adipose tissue microenvironment. These findings will help suggest possible treatment options that could mimic the effects that physical activity has on preventing pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) growth and provide insights in determining the mechanism responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of physical activity on PDAC.



Connection to Cancer – My personal connection to cancer is rather different, as my mother is a breast cancer surgeon. I grew up experiencing the effects of cancer through her. Growing up, I had to witness just how many of my neighbors, teachers and family friends that were diagnosed with cancer that were or are patients of my mother. They were more open to sharing their experiences with me because of her. However, more than that, I got to see how grateful they were for having my mother as their doctor after fighting their cancer, and that was the most touching part. 



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Kathryn Duncan

Kathryn Duncan

Mentor – Jeffrey Parvin



Project – BRCA1-WWOX Axis in DSB Break Repair



Summary – Initiate a double-strand break (DBS) in known sequences of DNA using a CRISPR-Cas9 cassette with sgRNAs in the presence and absence of WWOX, and then analyze the differences in sequences following repair.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Gabrielle Ernst

Gabrielle Ernst

Mentor – Aharon Freud



Project – Identifying the Mechanism of How Acute Myeloid Leukemia Disrupts Human Innate Lymphoid Cell Development



Summary – The method by which acute myeloid leukemia (AML) affects helper innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), and in turn might influence the AML microenvironment, are currently unknown. By determining this mechanism, we can ultimately design improved immune-based therapies for AML patients and reveal ample rationale to study human helper ILC development.



Connection to Cancer – In 4th grade, I had my first experience with the horrors of cancer. At this young age, I lost my grandmother to lung cancer, and from then on, this ruthless disease continued to effect those close to me. Years later, I lost my grandfather and a co-worker to cancer as well. I have watched many friends and neighbors battle cancer and thankfully win, however, the battle to end cancer is not over. Due to the experiences I have had with cancer and my passion for science, I knew that I wanted to be at the forefront of cancer research. I want to use my knowledge, ability and passion to save those currently battling cancer and those who will in the future.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Jared Fehlman

Jared Fehlman

Mentor – Tsonwin Hai



Project – The Role of Stress-Inducible Gene ATF3 in Establishing the Pre-Metastatic Niche



Summary – Develop a better understanding of the mechanisms behind cancer metastasis, as well as how stressors such as chemotherapy can create pro-metastasis effects, by researching the role of ATF3 in pre-metastatic niche formation.



Connection to Cancer – Before coming to Ohio State, I knew I wanted to participate in undergraduate research. However, it wasn't until he summer after my freshman year that I realized I wanted to become involved in cancer research. I chose cancer research because of the presence of cancer in my community. Every single week, I would here about a different person I knew whose family was being affected by cancer. I saw the devastating effect cancer had on people I had known my entire life. Seeing the magnitude of how cancer affected so many people I cared about is what inspired me to get involved in cancer research.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Browning Haynes 

Browning Haynes

Mentor – Leah Pyter



Project – The Role of Microglia in Chemotherapy-Induced Fatigue



Summary – Investigate the changes in neuroinflammation in an in vivo mouse model with the introduction of chemotherapy and then determine the effects of chemotherapy on sickness behavior. The overall goal is to find a potential relationship between microglial activation and chemotherapy-induced fatigue.



Connection to Cancer – Several of my family members have suffered from and unfortunately lost their battle with cancer. While each suffered from a different type of cancer, they all experienced similar quality of life issues as a result of their cancer and cancer treatments. My passion for cancer research, therefore, stems from my motivation to understand the mechanisms underlying treatment-induced sickness behaviors including depression, anxiety and fatigue. Over time, I hope to see the development and optimization of cancer treatments with the goal of increasing the quality of life of cancer survivors.  



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Andrew Hu

Andrew Hu

Mentor – Terence Williams



ProjectWEE-1 Kinase Inhibitor AZD-1775 Radiosensitizes Esophageal Cancer Cells to Radiotherapy



Summary – Analyze cell cycle changes with flow cytometry and detect alterations of cell cycle regulator proteins to determine the effects that the drug AZD-1775 has on radiotherapy treatment for esophageal cancer.



Connection to Cancer – My motive for cancer research started when my grandpa was diagnosed with throat cancer. Seeing the pain of his death affect my mom's side of the family motivated me to enter this area of research. I hope to contribute to the study of cancer and hopefully end it.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 35 miles



Ali Lahooti

Ali Lahooti

Mentor – Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate 



Project – The Role of Increased Physical Activity in Pancreatic Cancer Development



Summary – Study the mechanistic benefits that increased physical activity might have on preventing pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and tumor development.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Bailey Lucas

Bailey Lucas

Mentor – Ruben Petreaca 



Project – Genetic Analysis of Skb1 Function in DNA Double-Strand Break Repair



Summary – Investigate the function of the methyltransferase Skb1 in DNA double-strand break repair to better understand how DNA damage is repaired in living cells.



Connection to Cancer – I first became interested in cancer research after taking my adviser Dr. Ruben Petreaca's course, Molecular Genetics. He inspired me to take a deeper interest in cancer research and has given me the tools to explore it. Starting research has shown me not only how far we have come but also how far we have to go to know how to treat cancer. My goal is to become a vet and use what I have learned about research and cancer to benefit not only people but animals as well.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 100 miles



Rohan Makhijani

Rohan Makhijani

Mentor – Steve Clinton



Project – Impact of AR-42 to Enhance the Effect of Exercise in the Prevention of Cachexia in the ApcMin+ Model



Summary – Investigate whether the treatment of cancer-induced cachexia with AR-42 in combination with endurance exercise will prevent a decline in lean mass and skeletal muscle function. The results of this study will aid in developing a strategy to prevent muscle wasting in cachectic patients of various malignancies, therefore reducing the risk of treatment-related health effects.



Connection to Cancer – I'm fortunate that nobody in my immediate family has had cancer, but I'm thankful to say that my aunt is a breast cancer survivor. Family is the most important thing in my life, and because I've seen the devastating impact that cancer has on families, I was motivated to pursue cancer research at Ohio State to contribute to one of the greatest medical challenges facing humanity and families today.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 55 miles



Riley Mullins

Riley Mullins

Mentor – Christopher Coss



Project – Canonical and Variant Androgen Receptor as a Therapeutic Target in Hepatocellular Carcinoma



Summary – Research the role of a protein called the androgen receptor in liver cancer to uncover new therapies that may provide patients with a better quality of life and perhaps halt or reverse liver cancer progression.



Connection to Cancer – My interest in cancer research really developed in college when I realized that I was fascinated by the molecular mechanisms underlying disease. In cancer research, I see the opportunity to improve the therapies available to patients by applying my curiosity in understanding the poorly described mechanisms of the disease. I believe that I will do my part in improving medicine through my future efforts in cancer research.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 55 miles



Shelby Naegele

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Mentor – Jian-Qiu Wu



Project – The Roles of Rga7’s Rho-GAP Domain and F-BAR Domain During Cytokinesis



Summary – Study the roles of of Rga7's Rho-GAP domain and F-BAR domain to provide insight into the localization and membrane binding of F-BAR proteins and how this binding to the membrane is critical for their function within the cell.



Julia Sabella

Julia Sabella

Mentor – William Carson



Project – The Role of Bromodomain 4 (BRD4) on the Activation and Expansion of Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in the Tumor Microenvironment



Summary – By silencing Bromodomain 4 (BRD4) in breast cancer cell lines, it will reduce the production of MDSC-promoting cytokins, leading to impaired MDSC generation and expansion, and underscoring the potential for BRD4 inhibitors to be utilized to improve checkpoint inhibitor therapy response.



Connection to Cancer – I have always had an interest in this field due to the fact that cancer is a widespread and varied illness that likely affects all individuals in a lifetime, either through personal experience or through a family member or friend. My grandfather died of prostate cancer before I was born, preventing me from ever meeting him. Because of my grandpa and other friends that I have seen endure this long and difficult journey, I am so honored to even be a small part of the fight to eradicate cancer.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Luke Scarberry

Luke Scarberry

Mentor – William Carson



Project – Effect of Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Inhibitors on Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cell Migration and Adhesion



Summary – Develop novel myeloid-derived suppressor cell depletion/deactivation strategies that can be quickly translated to the clinical setting to improve the effectiveness of immune-based therapies.



Connection to Cancer – I became interested in cancer research because of my great-grandma. She lost her fight to cancer two summers ago. Watching her go through chemotherapy was difficult, and it made me wish that there were treatments that did not take such a toll on patients. It sparked a passion to work towards finding a better treatment for cancer patients.



2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Allen Zhang

Allen Zhang

Mentor – Sarmila Majumder 



Project – Role of STAT3 in Promoting Precancerous Changes in Abruptly Involuted Mouse Mammary Glands



Summary – Study the effects of STAT3 deletion on collagen deposition, inflammatory response and the distribution of epithelial subpopulation in the AI mammary glands using immunohistochemistry and florescence-activated cell sorting.



Connection to Cancer – I had a grandpa that passed due to lung cancer. I basically saw him go from relatively healthy to being so bedridden and sick that he could not even use the bathroom without help. It really made me appreciate the effect that cancer has on an individual's life, let alone the lives of their families. What got me into cancer research was my experience with my grandpa and my curiosity. Cancer is extremely complex, and while there is so much known about cancer, there is even more that is yet to be discovered. I want to know more about this mysterious disease and help people like my grandpa.


2017 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Raisa Amin

Raisa Amin

Mentor – Janice Kiecolt-Glaser



Project – Breast Cancer Survivors’ Depression & Heart Rate Variability: Risks for Heightened Pain Sensitivity



Summary – Test the relationships among low Heart Rate Variability (HRV), depression and pain sensitivity, with the goal of finding out if low-HRV and depression have something to do with how severely patients experience pain.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Mary Carson

Mary Carson

Mentor – Barbara Andersen



Project – Improving the Effectiveness of an Online Intervention for Major Depressive Disorders in Cancer Patients



Summary – An online intervention may be preferable for some cancer patients who are already inundated with appointments or have limited mobility. Thus, optimizing an online intervention for major depressive disorder has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of cancer patients.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Alexandria Carter

Alex Carter

Mentor – 



Project – Construction, Expression & Functional Evaluation of Chimeric NKG2D Receptor in Murine NK Cells



Summary – Once the BIKE compound goes to clinical trials, it can be used to target different types of cancer.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Jonathan Chang

Jonathan Chang

Mentor – Jonathon Song



Project – Effects of Therapeutic Targeting of Cancer Associated Fibroblasts on Extracellular Matrix Remodeling in an Engineered Tumor Stroma Model



Summary – Building physiologically relevant models of the tumor microenvironment, in order to quantify the effects that different therapeutic treatments have on the microenvironment. Enabling researchers to better design drug treatments to effectively combat the effects of cancer, and as a platform for testing drugs to ultimately speed the process of developing new treatments.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Samuel Chen

Samuel Chen

Mentor – Amanda Simcox



Project – Elucidating Transcriptional Regulation of an Ets Factor Involved in the Egfr Feedback Loop



Summary – Understanding the regulation of an important transcription factor, and pathways important for Ets regulation in humans. Help identify regulators that are targets for cancer therapy in the future, and understand regulation of Ets factors at a fundamental level.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Nick Courtney

Nick Courtney

Mentor – William Carson III



Project – Effect of BRD4 Inhibition on Levels/Functions of MDS Cells



Summary – Finding ways to reduce tumor-induced immune suppression and allow patients to respond better to immune based therapies.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Luke Genutis

Luke Genutis

Mentor – Albert de la Chapelle



Project – Exploring SMAD3 in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma



Summary – Study and define the mechanisms involved with the genetic variants specific for thyroid cancer, which could shed light on future study of the disease or treatments.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Nick Grosenbacher

Nick Grosenbacher

Mentor – James Chen



Project – Investigation of Aromatase Inhibitors in Endometrial Cancer Cells in Combination with Dual TORC 1/2 Inhibitor



Summary – Improve the understanding of which patients could benefit most from a treatment for recurrent and metastatic endometrial cancer, by identifying markers of response to this treatment.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual Rider



Justin Jiang

Justin Jiang

Mentor – Yizhou Dong



Project – Development of Gene Editing Platform to Construct Liver Tumor Model in Adult Mice



Summary – Better study cancer by creating tumor models in mice that better reflect the nature of tumors in people. Lead to helpful information on gene editing systems and their potential for treating cancer itself.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Cody Justice

Cody Justice

Mentor – Sakima Smith



Project – Cardio-Oncology: The Mechanism of TKI-Induced Heart Failure



Summary – Improve the lab longevity and quality of life for renal cell carcinoma patients and advanced non-adipocytic soft tissue sarcoma patients being treated with pazopanib.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 40 miles



Jass Kaur

Jass Kaur

Mentor – Leah Pyter



Project – The Role of Gut-Microbiome in Chemotherapy-Induced Behavioral Comorbidities



Summary – Researching what causes depression, anxiety and impairments in learning and memory for cancer survivors, and how to ameliorate them, to improve their quality of life.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Dinushi Kulasekere

Dinushi Kulasekere

Mentor – Bruce Weinberg



Project – The Impact of Severity Scale Systems on Patient Treatment, Cost, and Outcome



Summary – Study whether or not hospital protocols can have an impact on costs and clinical outcomes of cancer patients. Help policy-makers, administrators and physicians find the most effective and least costly care methods, which ultimately increases cancer treatment efficiency and ensures better treatment for patients across the hospital.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual Rider



Alexandria Lenyo

Allie Lenyo

Mentor – Sameek Roychowdhury



Project – Determining the Role of Point Mutation E566A in Cholangiocarcinoma Therapy Resistance



Summary – Study the resistance pathways of cholangiocarcinoma to avoid the ongoing cycle of response to a new therapy followed by resistance, in order to develop novel combinations of therapy that bypass resistance mechanisms. This would avoid putting patients through cycles of response and progression, and help them live longer lives.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



James Li

James Li

Mentor – Peter White



Project – Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Disruptions in mRNA Secondary Structure in Oncogenes as Selective Pressures and a Means to Profile Different Cancer Types



Summary – Study how oncogenes and tumor suppressors have evolved and had their sequences selected for, with possible understanding of correlations between mRNA folding and the actual etiology of cancer progression.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Julia Love

Julie Love

Mentor – Timothy Cripe



Project – Determination of the Safety and Efficacy of the Novel Oncolytic Herpes-Simplex-1 Virus, Mut-3?ICP6 for the Treatment of Pediatric Neuroblastoma



Summary – Study the effect of oncolytic viral therapy, with emphasis on reducing the amount of life-long side effects that traditional cancer treatment often involves in pediatric patients.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Seth Lyon

Seth Lyon

Mentor – Venkat Gopalan



Project – Defective Processing of Mutated tRNAs by Mitochondrial RNase P as a Molecular Basis for Some Forms of Liver & Brain Cancer



Summary – Study the processing of Mitochondrial tRNA mutations, which is one of the hallmarks found in most cancer.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Neil Makhijani

Neil Makhijani

Mentor – Thomas Mace



Project – IL-6 Blockade Combined with MEK Inhibition in Cancer-Induced Cachexia



Summary – Research into a novel combinational therapy to combat cancer-induced cachexia, which is a syndrome characterized by loss of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue that cannot be reversed by nutritional intervention, and is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality in cancer patients.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 100 miles



Siobhan McDermott

Siobhan McDermott

Mentor – Janice Kiecolt-Glaser



Project – Effects of Depression & Treatment Type on Physical Fitness of Breast Cancer Survivors



Summary – Addressing the prevalence of depression in the breast cancer community, and examining the role it plays in physical fitness, in order to keep women healthy, both physiologically and mentally.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Ivan Pires

Ivan Pires

Mentor – Andre Francis Palmer



Project – Photosensitizers for Targeting Tumor-Associated Macrophages in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer



Summary – Develop and verify a method to quantify apohemoglobin in solution, in order to analyze the level and state of hemolysis and determine the amount of free heme in the patient.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Aman Prasad

Aman Prasad

Mentor – 



Project – The Role of microRNA-155 on Cellular Metabolism in NK Cells to Facilitate Interferon-Gamma Production



Summary – Test that miR-155 induced upregulation of IFN-γ occurs through metabolic reprogramming of NK cells in vitro by comprehensively measuring the metabolic signature NK cells overexpressing miR-155 through gene/protein expression and Seahorse metabolic flux assays.



Maria Riley

Maria Riley

Mentor – Selvendiran Karuppaiyah



Project – Role of STAT3 in Hypoxic Ovarian Cancer: Potential Therapeutic Target



Summary – Investigating novel drugs that have the potential to be incorporated into the clinical setting, in order to give physicians more resources to fight ovarian cancer.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Griffin Spychalski

Griffin Spychalski

Mentor – Jonathon Song



Project – Isolation of the Spatial Effects of S1P and VEGF on Tumor Angiogenesis and Vascular Permeability




Manuel Torres

Manuel Torres

Mentor – David Carbone



Project – The Relationship Between Ancestral Background and Frequency of Canonical Lung Adenocarcinoma Driver Mutations in Brazilian Patients



Summary – Study the use of a patient’s relative ancestry to infer what mutations he or she is likely to have at specific genes. This then allows for a reduction of the cost of Next-Generation Sequencing, allowing easier access to novel, targeted therapies for underrepresented communities.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Jessica Waibl

Jessica Waibl

Mentor – Natarajan Muthusamy



Project – Investigating the role of ETS1 in development and function of NK cells



Summary – Add to our existing knowledge of an important immune cell involved in tumor lysis and surveillance./p>

2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Logan Walker

Logan Walker

Mentor – Ralf Bundschuh



Project – Development of RNA Transcript Degradation Modeling in Lc/scRNA-seq with Applications in CLL Samples



Summary – Increasing our understanding of transcriptomic measurement can aid in future studies of cancer at the single cell level.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

Mentor – Dmitri Kudryashov



Project – Characterization of Unexpected Activities of the ABD2 Domain of Human Plastins



Summary – Study of metastasis and L-plastin’s potential involvement in its mechanisms, in order to help the cancer research collective target areas that could provide a base of knowledge to procure a potential novel therapy that focuses on controlling metastasis.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual Rider

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