My interest in translational research as it relates to cancer therapy was sparked in the lab I joined as an undergraduate. It focused on synthesizing and studying taxol derivatives conjugated to cancer-targeting factors. My later work as a research technician in a gene therapy lab further bolstered my desire to pursue a research career in therapeutics, with a focus on improving cancer treatments. Joining GSK was the obvious choice because Memorial Sloan Kettering is the premier cancer institute. The exceptional GSK program is distinguished by several unique features. Chief among them is the core course, which enables students to gain a broad look into many fields of biology from area experts. This exposure provides an opportunity for students to find, and potentially pursue, new research interests. Overall, it’s an excellent program, populated by amazing faculty, students, and staff. I’m pursuing my thesis work in the lab of pharmacologist Neal Rosen, where I study the RAS/ERK and PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathways in colon cancer and other lineages. My goal is to understand certain mutation mechanisms with an eye towards improving treatment strategies.
- Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowship (2018-2019)