Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Use of natural products to prevent and treat breast cancer metastasis to the brain."

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Cancer biology
Project Description:
Since cancer stem cells have recently emerged as the cell population responsible for tumor relapse and metastasis a lot of effort has focused on finding new therapeutic strategies to eliminate this cell population. The objective of this study is to test the efficacy of natural products and their derivatives to eliminate cancer stem cells in breast cancer and to determine whether these drugs can prevent metastatic spread.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be responsible for an independent project (outlined above) and will be closely supervised by the PI and the graduate student supervisor. The intern will conduct all the experiments, and will analyze and present the data at lab meetings and other on-campus and off-campus venues. The PI will assist with experimental design and execution, data analysis, and will guide the intern though the process of making and presenting both posters and talks.
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Desired Qualifications:
Students with 3.2 GPA or higher are welcome to apply. Completion of cell biology courses and labs is recommended, but not required. Experience with mammalian tissue culture and microscopy is a plus.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Kirshner, Julia
biological sciences

Student Supervisor

Mary Zheng
Graduate student

Cooperating Faculty

David Colby