Meet our 2018-2019 Scholars

11 students were selected for the inaugural 2018-2019 UF Health Cancer Center University Scholars Program.

M. Borcyk Madeline Borcyk

Major: Microbiology & Cell Science

Mentor: Thomas Schmittgen, PhD

College of Pharmacy

 

Research Project Title:

Investigating the Role of REST in Pancreatic Cancer Cells using CRISPR Knockout Cell Lines

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response

J. Cassidy John Cassidy

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Mentor: Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

T-Cell Based Cancer Immunotherapy

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response

C. Heflin Cheyenne Heflin

Major: Biochemistry

Mentor: Lei Zhou, PhD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Understanding the role of mutations in histone variants and P53 binding sites in cancers

UFHCC Research Program: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

S. Hegeman Sandra Hegeman

Major: Nutritional Sciences

Mentor: Lei Zhou, PhD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Identifying Functional Significance of Mutations in p53 Binding Motif

UFHCC Research Program: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

T. Le Tiffany Le

Major: Health Science

Mentor: Dietmar W. Siemann, PhD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Site Directed Mutagenesis of AXL Tyrosine Kinase

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response

N. Miscik Natalie Miscik

Major: Microbiology & Cell Science

Mentor: Maria Zajac-Kaye, PhD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Thymidylate Synthase Expression During Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Progression

UFHCC Research Program: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

 

S. Nair Shalini Nair

Major: Public Health

Mentor: Nosha Farhadfar, MD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

A Non-Interventional Study Evaluating the Quality of Diet in Allogeneic and Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Survivors

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Population Sciences

K. Recker Kristin Recker

Major: Microbiology and Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

Mentors: Jonathan D. Licht, MD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Synthetic Lethal Screen to Identify Molecular Mechanisms that Drive Uveal Melanoma

UFHCC Research Program: Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

Z. Sandoval Zachary Sandoval

Major: Biology & Psychology

Mentors: Matthew Cascio, MD & Rowan Milner, DVM

Colleges of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Expression of GD2 and GD3 on Human Cancer Cells as Immunotherapy Targets

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response

L. Staton Lindsey Staton

Major: Pre-Nursing/Nursing

Mentor: Diana Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN

College of Nursing

 

Research Project Title:

Palliative Care Pain Management in Cancer Patients

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Population Sciences

A. Winer Aaron Winer

Major: Pre-Professional Biology

Mentor: Christopher Cogle, MD

College of Medicine

 

Research Project Title:

Targeting Aberrant mRNA Splicing in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

UFHCC Research Program: Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response