2020 Predoctoral Awardees

Chandler Callaway
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Andrew Judge, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “CXCL-CXCR2 Signaling Contributes to Muscle Wasting and Dysfunction During Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia

Yang Feng
Biomedical Sciences Program – Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Mentor: Olga Guryanova, M.D., Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “Clonal Hematopoiesis (CH) Impacts Colon Cancer by Modifying Anti-Cancer Immunity

Amanda Kastrinos
Mass Communication Program

Mentors: Carma Bylund, Ph.D., and Carla Fisher, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: Parental disclosure, uncertainty, and disease trajectory in the coping experience of emerging adult cancer caregivers

Kelton Schleyer
Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Program – Medicinal Chemistry

Mentor: Lina Cui, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “Development of an Imaging Toolkit for Heparanase Enzymatic Activity

Vrunda Trivedi
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “A Novel T-cell Engineering-based Immunotherapy Approach to Improve Antigen-mediated Response in the Tumor Microenvironment

Zachary Wakefield
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “The Physiologic Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Tumor Growth, Metastasis and Normal Tissue Toxicity to Chemotherapy

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