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Harper Cancer Research Institute Names 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Nina Welding • DATE: May 4, 2017

The $4500 fellowship is offered annually to undergraduate members of Harper Cancer Research Institute working on a cancer-related project this summer. The 2017 awardees are:

STUDENT: Sam Arroyo
PROJECT TITLE: Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in Bone Metastasis of Prostate Cancer
MENTOR: Xin Lu, the John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Kate Beriont
PROJECT TITLE:
Investigation into the Extrinsic Mechanism of MTSS1 Downregulation in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
MENTOR: Reginald Hill,  the Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology and assistant professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Michael Canonico
PROJECT TITLE: Site-Specific Antiboty-Drug Conjugation via Nucleotide Binding Site for Increased Efficacy and Reproducibility
MENTOR: Basar Bilgicer, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Mark Etzelmueller
PROJECT TITLE: Design and Fabrication of a Prototype Optical Based Tumor Microimplant for Measuring Tumor Oxygenation
MENTOR: Thomas O'Sullivan, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Siena Mantooth
PROJECT TITLE: Targeted Asparaginase for Improved Treatment of Pediatric Leukemia
MENTOR: Matt Webber, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Bridget McClain
PROJECT TITLE: Recognition of Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers for Early Detection
MENTOR: Karen Cowden Dahl, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend

STUDENT: Michael Mulligan
PROJECT TITLE: Unlocking Zampanolide — A Microtubule-Stabilizing Agent
MENTOR:  Richard Taylor, interim director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and professor of chemistry & biochemistry at Notre Dame

STUDENT: Kelly Volk
Project Title: Characterization of Metastatic Genes of Interest AMIGO2 and TENM2 for Ovarian Cancer
Mentor: Sharon Stack, the Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of Harper Cancer Research Institute and Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Notre Dame