2014 AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award for Undergraduate Students

2013-2014 Bardos Awards:

Sepideh Ashrafzadeh 

Sepideh Ashrafzadeh, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“I plan to earn an MD/PhD so that I can research in the lab and then translate my findings to clinical practice by making better-informed diagnoses and novel cancer therapies. My ultimate goal is to establish a research lab in a university setting.”

 Joyce Ohiri

Joyce C. Ohiri, University of Maryland, Baltimore Country, Baltimore, Maryland

“In order to tackle challenging issues in this field, I believe I need to have the clinical and research training of an MD/PhD to strengthen my understanding of the human anatomy and comprehensive mechanisms governing cancer and infertility.”

2014-2015 Bardos Awards:

 Divyansh Agarwal

Divyansh Agarwal, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

“I want to pursue an MD/PhD degree and practice in the field of medical oncology. As a physician-scientist, I wish to start my own lab at a university with the goal of enhancing our understanding of cancer, and improving patient care and treatment.”

 Elliot Akama-Garren

Elliot H. Akama-Garren, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusettes

“Scientific research provides a vital reminder that what we learn in school has essential practical applications that often lead to the betterment of mankind. For this reason, I hope to continue conducting scientific research with a focus on medical applications, by obtaining an MD/PhD in pursuit of a career as a physician-scientist.”

 Briana Berg

Brianna S. Berg, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

“My plan is to earn my MD degree, pursue research with emphasis in cancer biology and therapeutics, and become a practicing physician-scientist using the AACR meetings as a means to broaden my knowledge in the field and inspire new projects.”

Abstract 3238: The transmembrane domain of prostate-specific membrane antigen: Its role in oligomerization and activation in prostate cancer and nonprostatic neovasculature
Poster Session: Structural and Biophysical Approaches to Understanding Complex Biological Pathways

 Yismeilin Feliz-Mosquea

Yismeilin R. Feliz-Mosquea, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

“My career goals are to complete my BS and to continue graduate studies in medicine and biomedical sciences. I want to prepare myself to become a health care professional and an outstanding researcher in the breast cancer field.”

Abstract 3219: Synergistic effect between ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) and lapatinib in HER2+ inflammatory breast cancer cells
Poster Session: Natural Products

 Katia Fernandez Soto

Katia P. Fernandez Soto, Indiana University School of Medicine/University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

"After my undergraduate studies, I plan to pursue an MD/PhD degree with a focus on cancer biology. I plan on putting all my efforts towards translational research while helping patients on their battles against cancer as an oncologist."

Abstract 1986: The role of APC in chemotherapeutic responsiveness of breast cancer
Poster Session: Impact of Tissue Context on Tumor Progression and Treatment

 Benjamin Gibbs

Benjamin K. Gibbs, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

"I intend to pursue a career as a physician-scientist to improve the quality of life for those with cancer and their loved ones by applying my education in chemistry to discovering novel treatments.”

Abstract 4816: Development of an integrated analysis platform of circulating melanoma cells for PD-L1 expression as a predictive biomarker
Poster Session: Circulating and Disseminated Tumor Cells as Predictors of Tumor Metastasis

 Ghiara Lugo

Ghiara A. Lugo, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

“In the forthcoming stages of my career, I intend on completing a medical scientist degree in the area of cancer biology. This will allow me to combine knowledge with a multidisciplinary team with aims of obtaining meaningful translational outcomes.”

Abstract 3506: Heregulin induces transformation of mammary epithelial cells via HER3 activation
Poster Session: Nuclear Oncoproteins, Tumor Suppressors, and Other Topics

 Darius Teo

Ruijie Darius Teo, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

“I intend to pursue a PhD in bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, with a focus on creating small molecules as biological probes and new anticancer drugs. Eventually, I hope to be a professor and devote my efforts into discovering new signaling pathways and cancer drugs.”

 Carrie Yang

Carrie S. Yang, Hendrix College, Conway, Arizona

"I plan to pursue an MD/PhD in hematology-oncology. I will strive to be the bridge between the research team and patients in the clinic, utilizing a holistic vision of research and health."

Abstract 2557: Immune modulating agent ibrutinib blocks T-helper 17 activation and release of IL-17A while preserving T-regulatory cell function
Poster Session: Assessing Immune Responses to Interventional Therapies

 Huwate Yeerna

Huwate Yeerna, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

"I want to become an oncologist/medical scientist, and improve the pediatric-cancer treatments. My immediate goal is to obtain MD/PhD by expanding my bioinformatics research on cancer. I am burning with a desire to improve pediatric-cancer treatment and beyond."