American Association for Cancer Research

2010 AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awardees

2010-2011 Awardees:

 Krister Barkovich

Krister J. Barkovich, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Abstract #1973. Targeting activated alleles of EGFR derived from glioma and lung cancer: Correlating kinase active-site occupancy with efficacy.

“I now wish to apply to an M.D./Ph.D. program so I will be able to make medical discoveries in lab AND see these discoveries in action in patients.”


 Raul Caso

Raul Caso, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.

Abstract #3816. Blood monocytes from tumor-bearing mice exhibit a mixture of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory genes and downregulate differentiation markers.

“Research has become an essential part of my life and the love that I have for it can only become stronger through the years.  It is for this reason that I plan to enter an M.D./Ph.D. program when I graduate from the University of Miami. I feel that entering an M.D./Ph.D. program would be the only way that I could continue to contribute to the field of cancer research while also realizing my dream of practicing medicine.”


 Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ.

Abstract #749. Predicting and improving potential anti-cancer proteomimetics with computational modeling.

"As an aspiring researching physician and entrepreneur, I am studying to achieve M.D. and M.B.A. degrees. Eventually, I would like to establish a joint teaching hospital and research institute. One day, I would like to make my endeavors international, and it would be one of my greatest pleasures to have engaged in scientific research in all corners of the world. Topics of research which particularly interest me include the biophysical nature of information transfer (genetic, conformational, or otherwise), computational technology for in silico experiments, tumor microenvironment dynamics, and improving communication between researchers, clinicians, and laymen."


 Dustin Gable

Dustin L. Gable, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Abstract #2096. The role of microRNA-1 as a candidate tumor suppressor in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

“I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree culminating with a career as a pediatric oncologist. Specifically, I want to focus my research career on the development of tumor suppressors and cell cycle regulators via microRNAs. My ambition is to develop cancer therapeutics for use in clinical trials and work towards advancing and increasing the number of successful, standard cancer therapies available for children.”


 Daniel Huynh

Daniel T. Huynh, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Abstract #4292. Parthenolide and Structurally Related Natural Products as Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Agents: A New Era in Treatment of Multiple Myeloma.

“In the long term, this award will strengthen my qualifications for admission into a dual Pharm.D./Ph.D. program, and after completion of a Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in pharmacology, I will be able to practice pharmacy in a clinical setting while being able to pursue my passion in research. I hope to continue with cancer research and become an advocate for increasing cancer prevention awareness by becoming an oncology pharmacist specialist.”


 Orli Kadoch

Orli Kadoch, University of California, Davis, CA.

Abstract #1195. Oct-1 as a potential biomarker for oxaliplatin-based therapy in non-small cell lung cancer.

“Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I hope to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. program. While I understand the challenging nature of a career as a physician-scientist, I believe this will be the most rewarding pursuit for me, given my interests in both clinical medicine and bench research.”


 Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth J. Kennedy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Abstract #3174. Visualization of the Activation/Deactivation Cycle of RhoC in Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

“My long-term career goals are to apply my knowledge within mathematical biology and cellular biology to pertinent biological problems within cancer research. I plan to attend graduate school in a cancer research field, and eventually start my own research laboratory at a university.”


 Alan Kiang

Alan Kiang, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

Abstract #4262. Characterization and regulation of a CXCR4-expressing subpopulation in head and neck cancer stem cells.

“After graduating, I plan to attend medical school, where I will continue to do molecular biology research in the fields of cancer and stem cells.”


 Natalie Vandeven

Natalie A. Vandeven, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Abstract #3259. HIV protease inhibitors induce apoptotic and non-apoptotic cell death in ovarian cancer cells in vitro and in vivo.

“[…]  After working on this project and realizing the potential therapeutic possibilities of this work, I was struck with the realization that this study has the potential to provide a novel therapeutic treatment for ovarian cancer patients. […]  It was this realization that allowed me to further focus my career goals upon pursuing a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree which will allow me to practice clinically in the field of oncology while also working on the development of long-term solutions for cancer treatment.”


 Sarah Xu

Chao ying Sarah Xu, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Abstract #459. Caveolin-1 mediated signaling and proliferation is regulated through the oxygen sensing pathway.

"My long-range goals include pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. graduate program and working on translational cancer research in order to improve treatments for cancer patients."


2009-2010 Awardees:

 Eric Abhold

Eric L. Abhold, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.





 Stephen Allsop

Stephen A. Allsop, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.





 Danielle Daniels

Danielle S. Daniels, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.





 Caroline Garber

Caroline M. Garber, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.





 Kelly Gewain

Kelly A. Gewain, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.





 Joanna Maya

Joanna Maya, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL. 

Abstract# 3129.  Regulation of expression and role of the pigment epithelium derived factor in Ras-mediated pancreatic oncogenesis



 Tyler Miller

Tyler E. Miller, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.





Rangarajan D. Nadadur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.





 Wenhui Zhou

Wenhui Zhou, University of California, Davis, CA.