Rachel Newsome, a predoctoral fellow in cancer biology in the lab of Christian Jobin, Ph.D., is the first investigator featured in the UF Health Cancer Center’s Cancer Researchers on the Rise video series, which highlights young, promising cancer researchers at the University of Florida.
Newsome earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and conducted research in the lab of Steven Bruner, Ph.D., in the department of chemistry. She began the UF Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, cancer biology concentration, in 2018.
In the Jobin lab, her research focuses on host-microbe interactions regarding inflammation, cancer and cancer therapeutics. Her thesis investigates the role of the gut microbiome in patient responses to cancer immunotherapy for lung, colon and brain cancer.
At the UF Health Cancer Center, Newsome participated in the Team-based Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Training Program and has been part of a wide range of cancer research outreach activities from the high school through faculty levels.