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​2019 Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

1903040C_Actkins_90x110_1.jpgKy'Era V Actkins, BS
Graduate Student,
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Abstract # 5127: Association of inactivating calcium sensing receptor exon 7 SNPs with hypercalcemia-related disease phenotypes

1903040C_Anderson_90x110_1.jpgNathaniel D. Anderson, BS
Graduate Student
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario

Abstract # 2506: Exploring the complex etiology of oncogenic fusions in childhood cancer

1903040C_Anwanwan_90x110_1.jpgDavid Anwanwan, MS
Medical Student
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Abstract # 4412: Piperine enhances the efficacy of 5 FU against liver cancer

1903040C_Beasley_90x110_1.jpgHeather K. Beasley, MS
Graduate Student
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Abstract # 133: The role of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) in the adaptation of breast cancer cells in high Ca2+ microenvironments

1903040C_BernardPaga_90x110_1.jpgVincent Bernard, MS
Postdoctoral Fellow
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Abstract # 1402: Single cell transcriptomic profiling of ex vivo tumoroid models reveal therapeutic vulnerabilities of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

1903040C_Byrd_90x110_1.jpgAria L. Byrd, MS
Graduate Student
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Abstract # 5185: Squamous cell cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease share polycomb repressive cComplex 2 dysregulation

1903040C_Cagle_90x110_1.jpgPatrice D. Cagle, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
North Carolina Central Univ.
Durham, North Carolina

Abstract # 3561: MicroRNA-214 inhibits prostate cancer cell proliferation, migration, invasion and increases drug sensitivity by targeting PTK6

1903040C_Chanana_90x110_1.jpgAnita M. Chanana, BS
Medical Student
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Abstract # 1964: C-C chemokine receptor type 1 is a prognostic indicator in ovarian cancer

1903040C_Colon_90x110_1.jpgClaudia B. Colon-Echevarria, MPH
Graduate Student
Ponce Health Sciences University
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Abstract # 512: Adrenergic modulation of inflammatory cytokines in ovarian cancer

1903040C_Coupet_90x110_1.jpgTiffany A. Coupet, BS
Graduate Student
Geisel School of Medicine - Dartmouth
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Abstract # 1539: Mechanisms of action of bispecific T cell engager-mediated immune response in a lymphoma tumor model

1903040C_DeLaCruzBonilla_90x110_1.jpgMarimar De La Cruz Bonilla, BS
Graduate Student
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Abstract # 3746: Fasting in mice enables abdominal radiation dose escalation in the setting of pancreatic cancer by mitigating small intestinal toxicity

Guillermo Flores, BS
Graduate Student
Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Abstract # 2882: Mithramycin impedes EWS-FLI1 driven transcription by preventing target promoter clearance

1903040C_Gibbs_90x110_1.jpgLee D. Gibbs, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Abstract # 4703: Single Cell CNV End to End workflow to uncover tumor heterogeneity in a murine breast cancer model

1903040C_Gyan_90x110_1.jpgKofi E. Gyan, BS
Graduate Student
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York

Abstract # 909: Single-cell transcriptomic profiling of non-small cell lung cancer uncovers inter- and intra-cell population structure across TCGA lung adenocarcinoma and lung squamous cancer subtypes

 1903040C_James_90x110_1.jpgJamaal L. James, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Abstract # 4728: IFNγ signaling drives EZH2 degradation to induce MHC-II expression in melanoma

1903040C_Jamieson_90x110_1.jpgTaylor Rae R. Jamieson, BS
Graduate Student
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Ottawa, Ontario

Abstract # 2593: A double dose of DNA damage: Overcoming drug resistance using targeted oncolytic viruses

1903040C_Lee_90x110_1.jpgJonelle K. Lee, MS
Graduate Student
University of Maryland 
Baltimore, Maryland

Abstract # 2056: Combined FLT3 and Pim kinase inhibitor treatment downregulates c-Myc early in apoptosis induction in acute myeloid leukemia with FLT3-ITD

1903040C_Ligon_90x110_1.jpgJohn A. Ligon, MD
Clinical Fellow
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Abstract # 4973: The immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment of metastatic osteosarcoma inhibits the cytotoxic effect of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes

1903040C_Naidoo_90x110_1.jpgMichelle K. Naidoo, BA
Graduate Student
Hunter College
New York, New York

Abstract # 775: MicroRNA-1205 regulation of FRYL in neuroendocrine prostate cancer

1903040C_Ortiz_90x110_1.jpgGreisha L. Ortiz Hernandez, BS
Graduate Student
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California

Abstract # 4395: The cMYC-associated transcription factor JPO2 is upregulated in taxane resistant prostate cancer cells and interacts with the stress oncoprotein LEDGF/p75

1903040C_Paredes_90x110_1.jpgJenny E. Paredes, MS
Graduate Student
SUNY Downstate
Brooklyn, New York

Abstract # 152: Gene expression and mutational load in colon tumors from African-American patients

1903040C_Pichardo_90x110_1.jpgMargaret S. Pichardo, MPH
Graduate Student
Yale University School of Public Health
New Haven, Connecticut

Abstract # 625: Association between obesity and prostate cancer disease risk and mortality among African-American men

S1903040C_Roth_90x110_1.jpgarah Roth, MS
Graduate Student
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Abstract # 2912A: Intratumoral heterogeneity and immune checkpoint inhibitor response in the KPC pancreatic cancer model

1903040C_Ruiz_90x110_1.jpgJean F. Ruiz Calderon, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
UPR Medical Science Campus
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Abstract # 2185: Efficacy of Rac/Cdc42 inhibitors in multiple cancer models

1903040C_Sanchez_90x110_1.jpgTino Sanchez, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California

Abstract # 1623: Autoantibodies to human endogenous retrovirus K envelope protein (HERV-K ENV) are associated with features of prostate cancer aggressiveness in African-American men

1903040C_Santiago_90x110_1.jpgJanice M. Santiago-Ofarrill, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Abstract # 4768: PARP inhibitor-induced autophagy provides an adaptive mechanism of drug resistance in preclinical models of ovarian cancer

1903040C_Singleton_90x110_1.jpgCiera S. Singleton, MS
Graduate Student
LSU Health Sciences Center- New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Abstract # 5250: Notch signaling in ER+ breast cancer in response to endocrine therapy agents

1903040C_Sirkisoon_90x110_1.jpgSherona R. Sirkisoon, MS
Graduate Student
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Abstract # 3689: Tumor-specific gain-of-function tGLI1 transcription factor is a novel mediator of breast cancer stem cells and a novel transcriptional activator of cancer stemness genes

1903040C_Thomas_90x110_1.jpgJeronay A. Thomas, MS
Graduate Student
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Abstract # 4237: CC chemokines are differentially expressed in breast cancer and are associated with racial disparity

1903040C_Velez_90x110_1.jpgGrace E. Velez, BS
Graduate Student
Universidad Central del Caribe
Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Abstract # 1997: The Rac inhibitors HV-107 and HV-118 as potential therapeutics for metastatic breast cancer

1903040C_Vicioso_90x110_1.jpgYorleny M. Vicioso, BS
Graduate Student
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

Abstract # 3186:  A novel combination therapy for treating advanced drug resistant acute lymphoblastic leukemia

1903040C_Williams_90x110_1.jpgDemond Williams, BS
Graduate Student
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Abstract # 1201: IL4 receptor mediated metabolic changes contribute to histone acetylation leading to metastatic progression in breast cancer

1903040C_Winters_90x110_1.jpgMarquita A. Winters, BS
Graduate Student
Cornall University
Ithaca, New York

Abstract # 4611: Identifying drivers of mammary tumorigenesis and elucidating the mechanisms of cancer initiation in DNA replication defective Chaos3 mice

1903040C_Zapata_90x110_1.jpgClaudia Zapata, MD
Graduate Student
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abstract # 2504: Predictive biomarkers for Bcl2-inhibitor use in neuroblastoma