American Association for Cancer Research

2005 AACR Minority Scholars in Cancer Research Annual Meeting

Joseph K. Agyin, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

Nicolas G. Azios, B.A., University of Texas, Austin, TX. Abstract # 3700. Resveratrol signals to the actin cytoskeleton of metastatic breast cancer cells via Rho GTPase-independent pathway

Joe Barber, Jr., B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Abstract #2272. The effects of dFdCyd and ionizing irradiation on p53R2 and R2 expression during the cell cycle

Brittnaie J. Bell, B.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Abstract # 4152. Effects of serine substitution on the function and structure of human thymidylate synthase

Ebony A. Boyce, M.P.H., Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Abstract #1141.An assay of angiogenic protein expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)

Sheree E. Brown, M.D., Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.

C. Suzanne Cutter, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.

C. Marcela Diaz-Montero, Ph.D., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX.

Carlton D. Donald, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Nicole A. Dumas, B.S., University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL.

Ekem T. Efuet, Ph.D., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX. Abstract #1681. Farnesyl and geranylgeranyl transferase inhibitors induce G1 arrest in breast cancer cells by targeting the proteasome

Abiodun Elegbede, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. Abstract #5902. The apoptosis-inducing activity of natural plant products involved regulation of events downstream of the p53 pathway

Marcela Franco, Ph.D., Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstract #1123. Importance of the study of tumor hypoxia concomitant with vascular parameters in the evaluation of antiangiogenic therapies

Melanie Funes-Duran, B.S., Graduate Student, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA. Abstract #3682. The membrane mucin Muc4 potentiates neuregulin signaling by increasing the cell surface population of ErbB2 and ErbB3

Jasmine P. Gaines, B.S., University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL. Abstract #5144. Immunolocalization of sperm protein 17 (Sp17) in normal and malignant cells

Noe Galvan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA. Abstract 3913. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons selectively affect bone marrow cells of the lymphoid and myeloid lineages

Edward Garay, B.S., UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. Abstract #3307. Characterization of resistance to 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D3 in HL60-40AF myeloid leukemia cells

Monique A. Gary, B.S., Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA. Abstract #747. Modulation of the subcellular localization of β-catenin by sulindac sulfone is CRM-1 independent

Willietta Gibson, B.S., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Abstract #66. Comparison of RNA interference silencing of PAX 2 expression in PC3 and Du145 prostate cancer cell lines

Tisheeka R. Graham, B.S., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Abstract # 5651. NF-ΚB-dependent expression of BMPs is associated with activation of adhesion and migration of prostate cancer cells

Neali D. Hendrix, B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Abstract #5658. Fibroblast growth factor 9 (FGF9) stimulates migration of endothelial and ovarian cancer cells

Maria A. Hern á ndez-Valero, Dr.PH. UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX.

Jennifer E. Hobbs, B.S., Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Abstract #1157. Alternatively spliced human tissue factor expression in human pancreatic cancer cell lines

Offiong Ikpatt, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Tilahun Jiffar, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, Houston, TX. Abstract #2690. Role for PKCδ in cell survival in chronic myelogenous leukemia

Aimee M. Johnson, B.S., University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY. Abstract #1987. In vivo measurement and monitoring of urothelial tumors in a murine model of bladder tumorigenesis

Erica L. Johnson, B.S., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Abstract #4693. Role and function of CCR9 and hypoxia in ovarian cancer cell motility and invasion

Saphronia R. Johnson, B.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Abstract #4824. Exploiting the active site sulfhydryl reactivity of thymidylate synthase as a novel drug target

Crystal M. Johnson-Holiday, M.S., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

Teri L. Larkins, B.S., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Abstract #5650. Inhibition of COX-2 attenuates the motility and invasion of breast cancer cells

Everardo Macias, B.S., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Abstract #5412. Distinct roles of CDK2 and CDK4 in mouse skin chemical carcinogenesis

Corina Marx, Ph.D., Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato, CA. Abstract #462. Breast cancer phenotypes and responsiveness to bortezomib therapy

Claudia Patricia Miller, M.S., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX. Abstract #613. Reactive oxygen species generation and caspase 8 activation are required for apoptosis induction by a novel proteasome inhibitor in lymphoid cells

Alejandro R. Molinelli, M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Abstract #3054. Organic and inorganic arsenicals sensitize human bronchial epithelial cells to hydrogen peroxide-induced DNA damage

D’Anna N. Mullins, B.S., Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH. Abstract #4535. Transcriptional regulation of antioxidant gene expression in human bronchial epithelial cells

Genoveva Murillo, Ph.D., IIT Research Institute, Chicago, IL.

Lisandra Negr ó n-Vega, B.S., University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR. Abstract #3720. The expression of a soluble isoform of EGFR (p110-sEGFR) is stimulated by EGF and PMA in the breast adenocarcinoma cell line MDA-MB-468

Oneil G. Newell, B.S., Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. Abstract #1571. Diallyl sulfide inhibits lipid peroxidation and DNA adducts formation, via increasing glutathione S tranferase activity and gene expression in the liver of male sprague Dawley rats

Rene Nieves-Alicea, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR.

Abena A. Otchere, B.S., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Abstract #57. The cell cycle factor cyclin D1 is a putative target gene of the POZ-ZF transcription factor Kaiso

Babatunde Olukayode Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. Abstract #3819. Imaging tumor burden by [18F]FDG-PET scanning and osteoblast activity by [99mTc]MDP-SPECT/CT in the 5TGM1 mouse model of myeloma bone disease

Monica A. Parker, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Abstract #5471. Ephrin-A1 induces tumor cell migration via a Rho GTPase and Jak kinase-dependent pathway

Carmen E. Perrone, Ph.D., New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. Abstract #2067. Induction of in vitro proliferation of liver progenitor cells by the hepatocarcinogenic peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-α (PPARα) agonist ciprofibrate

Zandra Keiwon Pinnix, M.S., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Abstract #4703. Parameters of iron metabolism in a model of breast cancer progression

Carmelle Rogers, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Abstract #1242. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer using oligonucleotide microarrays of RNA in pancreatic juice

Luis A. Rojas-Espaillat, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH. Abstract #5318. Apoptotic pathways induced by ixabepilone in paclitaxel-refractory ovarian carcinoma cells

Nicholas O. Roman, B.S., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Carla Rosario, M.S., University of Toronto Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstract #1918. High incidence of Sak loss of heterozygosity in human hepatocellular carcinoma

Samuel Salinas, B.S., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. Abstract #2193. Uranium and arsenic characterization of well water and sediment in Black Falls, Arizona

John A. Sandoval, M.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. Abstract #2933. Two-dimensional (2-D) proteomic analysis of the multiprotein DNA replication complex in human neuroblastoma versus neural stem cells

Luisel J. Santi-Ruiz, B.S., Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Adrienne J. Smith, M.S., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Abstract #3509. Role of BAD phosphorylation in prostate cancer xenografts

Michael A. Smith, B.S., Howard University, Washington, DC. Abstract #5551. Protein production and gene expression in cells from different zones of multicellular prostate tumor spheroids(MTS) after coculturing with activated eosinophils (Eos) and cultured supernatants

Pameeka S. Smith, B.S., Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Abstract #4753. Targeting catalase in antiglioma therapies

Sarice R. Smith, B.S., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Catherine A. St. Hill, Ph.D., D.V.M., University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. Abstract #4638. The role of expression of sLeX-modified O-glycans on colon carcinoma cells in adhesion to endothelium and tumor development

Michael C. Stauder, B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Dominique R. Talbert, B.S., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Abstract #1297. ERα and PPARγ signal crosstalk selectively regulates expression of target genes in MCF-7 breast cancer and Human Mammary Epithelial Cells

Tamara A. Tatum-Broughton, B.S., Howard University, Washington, DC.

Winna Taylor, B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Shala L. Thomas, B.S., Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Abstract #4117. Curcuminoids disrupt the microtubule and actin cytoskeletons and inhibit HIF-1α

Kassim Traore, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Abstract #4775. TPA-induced mitochondria-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in undifferentiated leukemic cells

Jose G. Trevino, M.D., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX. Abstract #4557. c-Src regulates interleukin-8 expression in pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells: implications for angiogenesis

Jean-Claude Twizere, Ph.D., Faculty of Gembloux, Gembloux, Belgium. Abstract #2800. G protein β2 subunit specifically interacts with the human T-lymphotropic virus Tax-1 transactivator oncoprotein but not with the Tax-2 homologue encoded by the non-pathogenic HTLV-2

Blanca L. Valle, B.S., University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR. Abstract #4504. Shedding of EGFR is mediated by the ERK MAP kinase pathway

Chantell L. Wilson, M.S., Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. Abstract #2130. Diallyl sulfide alters expression of PhiP metabolizing genes in MCF-10A breast epithelial cells and inhibits PhIP-induced DNA strand breaks

Haile F. Yancy, Ph.D., Howard University, Washington, DC.


We are pleased to announce that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has provided funding to the AACR Minority Scholar Award program to support the participation of early-career minority investigators in the 96th AACR Annual Meeting. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation strives to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. The names and affiliations of 2005 Minority Scholars supported by the Foundation are listed below, along with the numbers and titles of their presentations, where appropriate.


Brandi C. Brandon, B.S., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Abstract #4704. The nitric oxide donor SNAP enhances breast cancer cell growth and migration

Mariana Isabel Capurro, Ph.D., Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstract #5556. Glypican-3 overexpression: a novel mechanism of activation of the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway in hepatocellular carcinoma

Mario R. Green, M.S., Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. Abstract #1202. Diallyl sulfide induces both phase I and phase II metabolizing genes in female ACI rats: possible mechanisms of breast cancer prevention

Valerie Stone Hawthorne, B.S., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX. Abstract #959. Transcriptional upregulation of p21Cip1 by ErbB2 overexpression through STAT3 activation

Kara R. Jones, M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Abstract #1448. A fragment of the XRCC4 protein expressed from adenovirus sensitizes MDA-MB231 breast tumor cells to ionizing radiation

Jacquline A. Mason, B.S., Howard University, Washington, DC. Abstract #2974. Differential expression of RECK and matrix metalloproteinases observed between African American and Caucasian metastatic breast cancer cell lines

Tamra Suzanne McKenzie-Johnson, M.D., UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Ctr., Houston, TX. Abstract #3694. Adenoviral mediated delivery of the melanoma differentiation-associated gene-7 (Ad-mda7) regulates the Wnt signaling pathway in breast cancer cells

Gustavo A. Miranda-Carboni, Ph.D., UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. Abstract #3693. Wnt10b mediates p27Kip turnover in mammary tumor progression and functions as global antagonist of TGF-β1 mediated cell cycle arrest