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​2018 Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

Aguado_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgBrian A. Aguado, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
Abstract 1106: A synthetic pre-metastatic niche mimic alters the primary tumor and tumor microenvironment
Session PO.TB04.02 - Mechanisms Underlying Metastasis 2
April 16, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 4, Poster 23 

Babatunde_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgOluwole A. Babatunde, MBBS
Graduate Student
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Abstract 5272: Racial disparities and predictors of receipt of late surgery among patients diagnosed with breast cancer in South Carolina
Session PO.PR03.01 - Population and Behavioral Studies in Cancer
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 11, Poster 1 

Bernard_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgVincent Bernard, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Abstract 2599: Circulating nucleic acids as biomarkers of prognosis and chemorefractory status in metastatic pancreatic cancer
Session PO.CL10.02 - Biomarker Discovery 3
April 16, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 25, Poster 29 

Dada_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgHannah O. Dada, BA
Graduate Student
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Abstract 2985: Radiotherapy and αCD40 non-redundantly augment immunity to checkpoint blockade in refractory pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Session MS.IM02.02 - Defining New Immunotherapeutic Targets through Deep Molecular Characterization
April 16, 2018, 4:35  - 4:50 p.m.; Room S100 (Grand Ballroom) - McCormick Place South (Level 1)

Dixon_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgMaria S. Dixon, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina
Abstract 4457: Determining the role of novel GLI1 splice variants in breast cancer
Session PO.MCB04.04 - Post-transcriptional and Translational Control of Cell Fate
April 17, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 21, Poster 24 

Duma_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgNarjust Duma, MD
Clinical Fellow
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Abstract 4230: Influence of sociodemographic factors on treatment decisions in lung cancer
Session PO.EP01.06 - Cancer in Minority Populations, Health Disparities, and Survivorship Research
April 17, 2018, 1 - 5p.m.; Section 11, Poster 1 

Henderson_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgHenry J. Henderson, MS
Graduate Student
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee Institute, Alabama
Abstract 25: Neuroligin 4X: A neural cell adhesion molecule, in breast cancer
Session PO.TB04.01 - Breast Cancer Metastasis
April 15, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 2, Poster 5 

Jarrett_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgAngela M. Jarrett, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Inst. for Computational Engineering and Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Abstract 924: A mathematical-experimental approach for predicting host responses in a preclinical model for trastuzumab-treated HER2+ breast cancer
Session MS.BSB01.01 - Computational Methods and Resources for Cancer Research
April 15, 2018, 3:35  - 3:50 p.m.; Room N228 - McCormick Place North (Level 2)

JKing_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgeronay A. King, BA
Graduate Student, Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Abstract 2590: Race-specific differential expression of CCL25 and CCR9 in triple-negative breast cancer
Session PO.CL10.02 - Biomarker Discovery 3
April 16, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 25, Poster 20 

Krieger_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgKimiko L. Krieger, BS
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Abstract 340: CTDP1 regulates FANCI activation and DNA repair
Session PO.MCB07.03 - Cancer Predisposition and Synthetic Lethality
April 15, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 15, Poster 21 

Nelson_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgAlfreda D. Nelson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri
Abstract 962: Testing T cell co-potentiation as an antitumor therapeutic strategy in humanized mouse models
Session MS.IM02.01 - Engineering Immunotherapies for Anticancer Activity
April 15, 2018, 4:20  - 4:35 p.m.; Room S406 (Vista Ballroom) - McCormick Place South (Level 4)

Oliphant_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgMike Oliphant, MS
Graduate Student
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado
Abstract 5001: Identification of a Six2/Sox2/Nanog stem cell axis that promotes breast cancer metastatic colonization
Session MS.TB04.02 - Molecular Mechanisms Driving Metastasis
April 17, 2018, 4:05  - 4:20 p.m.; Room S106 - McCormick Place South (Level 1)

PPetersen_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpganeen S. Petersen, MPH
Graduate Student
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
Abstract 5268: Interactions between genetic predictors of gene expression and dietary factors associated with risk of colorectal cancer
Session PO.EP01.05 - Diet, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Lifestyle Risk Factors
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 10, Poster 23 

Ramos_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgAzucena Ramos, BA
Graduate Student, Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, Massachussets
Abstract 2358: Uncovering novel mechanisms of resistance in AML using integrative functional genomics
Session PO.MCB09.03 - Gene Discovery
April 16, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 16, Poster 19 

Rivera, Y.jpgYainyrette Rivera Rivera, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ponce Health Sciences University/Ponce Research Institute
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Abstract 1461: Targeting mitotic kinases in breast cancers in Latinas
Session PO.MCB06.03 - Mitosis and Telomeres
April 16, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 20, Poster 3 

Ruiz-Calderon_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgJean F. Ruiz Calderon, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
UPR-Medical Science Campus
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Abstract 1905: New targeted therapeutics for gastric cancer
Session PO.ET03.02 - Identification of Molecular Drug Targets
April 16, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 39, Poster 10 

Samson_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgMarsha Samson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.
Abstract 5252: Prospective cohort study of physical activity and lung cancer risk in the Black Women's Health Study
Session PO.EP01.05 - Diet, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Lifestyle Risk Factors
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 10, Poster 7 

Sidahmed_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgElkhansa H. Sidahmed, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow/ Nutrition
Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Boston, Massachussets
Abstract 5255: A pooled analysis of dietary fiber intake and risk of prostate cancer
Session PO.EP01.05 - Diet, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Lifestyle Risk Factors
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 10, Poster 10 

GUribe_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgabriela Uribe, BS
Graduate Student
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas
Abstract 5065: Cancer derived Escherichia coli induces tumor-promoting inflammatory cytokine IL-6 in cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in a NF-κB/BRD4 dependent manner
Session PO.TB06.07 - Carcinoma-Associated Fibroblasts in Tumor Progression
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - noon; Section 3, Poster 4 

Wallace_MS_headshots_150x190_1.jpgLashanale M. Wallace, BS
Graduate Student
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Abstract 2228: Differential expression of MT-ATPase and COXIV genes in colorectal adenopolyps
Session PO.PR01.03 - Biomarkers, Intervention, and Early Detection for Cancer Prevention
April 16, 2018, 1 - 5 p.m.; Section 11, Poster 10