American Association for Cancer Research

2008 Minority Scholars


 Irene Alvarez Irene Alvarez, B.S., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.  Abstract # 3133.  Effects of green tea polyphenols on UV-induced lipid peroxidation in skin cell models
  Tunde O. Akinyeke, B.S., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN.  Abstract # 3316.  Troglitazone reduces c-Myc protein expression in the C4-2 human prostate cancer cell line
  Melissa  Baralt, M.A., University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Newark, NJ.  Abstract # 5781.  The interaction of nonerythroid alpha spectrin with DNA containing interstrand cross-links.
  Federico Bernal, Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.  Abstract # 2548.  A stapled p53 helix targets both HDM2 and HDMX to restore p53 activity in human cancer
 Cristina M. Contreras  Cristina M. Contreras, B.S., UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
 Wilfredo E. De Jesus-Monge  Wilfredo E. De Jesus-Monge, M.S., University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR.
 Chris R. Evelyn Chris R. Evelyn, B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.  Abstract # 4776.  Structure activity relationship study of CCG-1423, an inhibitor of Rho/MKL1-stimulated gene transcription
 Vivian A. Galacia Vivian A. Galacia, B.S., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.  Abstract # 4566. The role of the AMPK energy sensing pathway in Pten-deletion induced liver carcinogenesis in vivo
 Olguitza Y. Guzman Olguitza Y. Guzman, B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.  Abstract # 2920.  A genetically-engineered mouse model of glioblastoma for targeted drug-biomarker co-development
 Djuana M.E. Harvell Djuana M.E. Harvell, Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, CO.  Abstract # 4493.  Estrogen-regulated gene expression following neoadjuvant hormone therapy of breast cancers: dominance of tamoxifen agonist effects in the presence of an aromatase inhibitor
 Dawn M. Holt Dawn M. Holt, M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.  Abstract # 4645.  Decreased COX-2 pathway metabolism and EP receptor signaling modulates Natural Killer cell activities
 Pamela R. Jackson Pamela R. Jackson, B.S., University of California, San Francisco, CA.  Abstract # 4537.  Multiexponential MR ADC and T2 of astrocytoma cells in agar
 Darnell T. Josiah Darnell T. Josiah, M.S., Wakeforest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.  Abstract # 4613.  Oncolytic virus therapy for glioblastoma multiforme delivered by adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells
 Stacey A. Kenfield Stacey A. Kenfield, Sc.D., Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.  Abstract # 4166.  A prospective study of Mediterranean diet and risk of prostate cancer
  Nicole A. Lavendar, B.S., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  Abstract # 1881.  Influence of high order interactions between variant DNA repair genes on prostate cancer risk in African-American men
 Alrena V. Lightbourn  
Alrena V. Lightbourn, M.S., Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL.  Abstract # 2258.  Fig (Ficus carica) leaf extract prevents diethylstilbestrol (DES)-induced DNA strand breaks in single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE)/COMET assay
 John T. McDonald John T. McDonald, B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, CA.  Abstract # 4823.  Nrf2 inducers can modify the radiation response
 Rene Nieves-Alicea Rene Nieves-Alicea, Ph.D., UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Abstract # 3676.  Programmed Cell Death 4, a potential novel suppressor of breast cancer bone metastasis
 Sarah J. Nyante Sarah J. Nyante, M.S.P.H., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.  Abstract # 5811. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in relation to basal-like and luminal A intrinsic breast cancer subtypes in African Americans and whites
 Yanique Rattigan Yanique Rattigan, B.S., University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.  Abstract # 2056.  Migration of mesenchymal stem cells to tumor cells under hypoxia
 Benjamin A.T. Rodriguez Benjamin A.T. Rodriguez, B.A., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.  Abstract # 17.  Estrogen represses transcription of epigenetically reactivated genes in breast cancer cells
 Jessica M. Silva Jessica M. Silva, B.S., Mayo Clinic Graduate School, Rochester, MN.   Abstract # 5051.  A new class of novel long highly conserved Non-Coding Transcripts (hcNCTs) are altered in cancer
 Christopher Sistrunk Christopher Sistrunk, M.A., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 
  Gabriel J. Villares, B.S., UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.  Abstract # 339.  Gene expression profile of PAR-1 depleted human melanoma cells identifies Connexin 43 as a target influencing growth and metastasis