Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Prevention of pancreatic cancer with diet-derived chemopreventive agents"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2012 - CPIP
Research area(s):
Cancer Prevention
Project Description:
We study the mechanisms of action of promising diet-derived cancer chemopreventive agents for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage and it has a low 5-year survival rate of only 6%, which suggests an increased need for prevention strategies for this disease. In this project we will study the effect of diet-derived chemopreventive agents on molecular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of pancreatic cancer.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will participate in cellular-based studies designed to understand the mechanism by which diet-derived bioactive compounds may prevent cancer. The PI will assist with study design. The intern will learn and use various techniques such as cell culture, Western immunoblotting, and immunofluorescence microscopy. The intern is expected to present the research data during regular lab meetings and in a poster presentation.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA> 3.5, Completed coursework in cell biology and biochemistry is preferred.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Stan, Silvia
Nutrition Science/HHS

Student Supervisor

Silvia Stan
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Dorothy Teegarden
Nutrition Science