Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"The role of epigenetics in the response to oxidative stress during renal cancer initiation "

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2018 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Epigenetics and environmental stress in cancer initiation/prevention
Project Description:
Cancer is often associated with changes in gene expression that allows for unregulated growth. These changes in gene expression come from mutations in the genome as well as from environmental factors. One of these environmental factors is oxidative stress. We've recently elucidated how stress results in changes in gene expression through an epigenetic pathway. We aim to understand how diet and drug intervention could alter the epigenome to reduce cancer in response to oxidative stress.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be learning basic molecular biology and cell culture. The intern will work closely will a senior graduate student on the project.
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Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Dykhuizen, Emily
medicinal chem/molecular pharmacology

Student Supervisor

Libby Porter
Graduate Student

Cooperating Faculty

Michael Wendt