American Association for Cancer Research

2010 Minority Scholars

 Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge

Christopher A. Alvarez-Breckenridge, B.A., B.S.
Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH

“As an MD/Ph.D. student, my primary career goal is to embark on a journey that will result in significant patient improvement in the field of neuro-oncology. I am particularly excited about working at the interface between basic science and the implementation of those discoveries in the clinic.”

Abstract #1514. Oncolytic viral therapy for glioblastoma induces robust natural killer cell activation
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 21

 Charvann Bailey

Charvann K. Bailey, B.A.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“My goal is to become a member of a faculty at a minority-serving institution where I will be able to contribute as a teacher and a basic science researcher focusing on breast cancer.”

Abstract #435. Reduction of the invasive phenotype of SNAI-over expression human breast cancer cells by peptide apatamer-mediated inhibition of SNAI protein functions
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 15

 Shannon Bailey

Shannon T. Bailey, Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Inst., Boston, MA

“My goal is to direct research in my own laboratory at a top-tier academic research institution, preferably at a major cancer center. I plan to continue studying breast cancer with a focus on the triple-negative subtype.”

Abstract #2071. Loss of ER-regulated microRNAs is fundamental to hormone-independent breast cancer cells
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 4

 Amy Belton

Amy M. Belton, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD

“My long-range educational goal is to complete my postdoctoral fellowship and secure a tenure-track faculty position at a minority-serving institution to continue my current research and also conduct research in areas which disproportionately affect minority populations.”

Abstract #4243. HMGA1: A driver of the stem cell phenotype in intestinal crypt cells & colon cancer?
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 15

 Raul Bernabe-Dones

Raul D. Bernabe-Dones, Ph.D.
Univ. of Puerto Rico Comp Cancer Center, San, Juan, PR

“My career goal is to become a highly productive, independent investigator in molecular oncology, with emphasis in epigenetic and genetic gene alterations.”

Abstract #5359. HPV 16 infection and physical status in Hispanic patients with colorectal cancer; A case-control study
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 20

 Adu Boachie

Adu M. Boachie, B.S.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“I hope to complete my medical training and enter into a residency program that is tailored towards oncology.”

Abstract #1231. Nuclear Factor I Family Members Interact with FoxA1 to regulate androgen responsive promoters
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am -12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 10 

 Eileen Brantley

Eileen J. Brantley, Ph.D.
Loma Linda Univ. School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA

“My career objective is to develop therapeutic agents that can alleviate suffering among cancer patients and in particular those with triple negative breast cancer since no targeted therapy exists for this population of patients.”

Abstract #3658. 5F 203 modulates oxidative stress, induces single-strand break formation and promotes mitochondrial membrane potential loss in sensitive breast cancer cells
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 27

 Jamaica Cass

Jamaica D. Cass, B.S.
Queens Univ., Kingston, ON, Canada

"I intend to transfer from the MSc in Microbiology and Immunology program at Queen's to the Ph.D. program in Pathology. After completing a Ph.D. I intend to apply to medical school then continue training to become a successful clinician/researcher."

Abstract #993. A novel cadherin-dependent Rac/Stat3 pathway in invasive breast cancer
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 1

 David Cavazos

David A. Cavazos, Ph.D.
Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

“My career goals include becoming an independent, progressive and highly collaborative prostate cancer research scientist and professor at an academic or biomedical research institute.”

Abstract #59. Impact of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Obesity-Induced DNA Oxidation and Prostate Cancer Progression
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 3

Abstract #1873. Delayed progression to hormone-independent prostate cancer through modulation of mTOR by omega-3 fatty acids
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 35

Abstract #2472. The role of aging T-cells in prostate cancer development
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 19

 Valerie Cortez

Valerie A. Cortez, B.S.
The Univ. of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

“My long-term goal is to discover different novel pathways contributing to the development of hormonal driven cancers in women and to then translate my findings towards advancements in therapeutic strategies, ultimately improving survival.”

Abstract #4613. Targeting ER-KDM1 axis to sensitize therapy resistant breast cancer cells to hormonal therapy
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 29

 Roslyn Crowder

Roslyn N. Crowder, Ph.D.
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

“My goal is to continue to identify and mentor undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in oncology or cancer research. The goal is to provide students with various opportunities to learn and present cancer research data and become valuable members of the cancer research community.”

Abstract #1042. Diminished caspase 8 and c-Myc protein expression in human fibroblasts provides insight into normal cell resistance to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 2

 Tsogzolmaa Dorjgochoo

Tsogzolmaa Dorjgochoo, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN

“My current and mid-term goals are to gain new research skills and to enrich my understanding of the genetic and non-genetic determinants of breast and reproductive cancers among women of ethnically diverse populations. In the long-term, I wish to become a strong, independent investigator in cancer research, concentrating in nutritional and molecular epidemiology.”

Abstract #3523. Combined effects of BCL-2 pathway gene variants on the risk of endometrial cancer: results from Shanghai Endometrial Cancer Study
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 2

 Carla Finkielstein

Carla V. Finkielstein, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA

“My long-term goals are ambitious but achievable, focusing on education, research, and outreach activities that will ensure the continued development of multifaceted and innovative scientists.”

Abstract #1070. Circadian transcriptional factor Period 2 modulates cyclin B1 expression
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 4

 Gennifer Goode

Gennifer D. Goode, B.S.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“My goal, upon completion of my doctoral degree, is to continue doing research in the field of Cancer Biology as postdoctoral fellow; thereby giving me an opportunity to enhance the skills that I acquired as well as perfect new ones.”

Abstract #4077. Knockdown of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor altered tumorgenic properties of human breast carcinoma cell lines
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 8

 

Wenndy Hernandez, M.S.
Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, I

“My goal, upon completion of my doctoral degree, is to remain in academia and conduct cancer research that may, one day, contribute to the existing body of knowledge while teaching and encouraging students to pursue a career in cancer research.”

Abstract #4725. Interrogating Region 4 of 8q24.13 for Prostate Cancer Risk in African Americans
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 34

 Yolanda Hillocks

Yolanda M.N. Hillocks, B.S.
Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

“My ultimate goal is that my research can be applied in clinical practice and cancer patients will benefit from my research.”

Abstract # 4916. MAL, a frequently methylated gene marker for early detection of breast cancer
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 3

 Sylvester Moses

Sylvester A. Moses, M.S.
Univ. of Arizona Cancer Ctr., Tucson, AZ

“My goals are to become a physician-scientist researching and working on diseases that disproportionately afflict the Native population and to also move back to my reservation in order to provide health care to the Native people.”

Abstract #1559. Targeting the PH domain of Tiam-1 to inhibit cancer metastasis
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 23

 Leticia Nogueira

Leticia M. Nogueira, B.S.
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

“My long-term future plans involve developing an academic career working with lifestyle choices (especially related to obesity) and cancer prevention.”

Abstract #2930. Calorie restriction and rapamycin, but not exercise, inhibit MMTV-Wnt-1 mammary tumor growth in a mouse model of postmenopausal obesity
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 201

 Russell Pachynski

Russell K. Pachynski, M.D.
Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA

“I plan to stay in academia and hope to continue to pursue translational research in tumor immunotherapy.”

Abstract #2939. Leukocyte chemoattractant chemerin as a novel immunotherapeutic agent.
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 144

 Beatriz Pagan-Ortiz

Beatriz Pagan-Ortiz, B.S.
Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR

“My goal is to finish my Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and then do a postdoctoral fellowship also related to cancer. This will provide me with better opportunities for having my own laboratory in academia.”

Abstract #1563. Role of EGFR during the transition of inflammation to dysplasia in a colitis-associated colon cancer model
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 23

 Timothy Raines

Timothy A. Raines, B.S.
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

“My prospective career objective consists of entering the professoriate and focusing my research in the area of minority health disparities with a special emphasis on cancer research.”

Abstract #5138. The regulation of CD44 expression in malignant brain tumor cells
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 11

 Stefanie Raymond-Whish

Stefanie L. Raymond-Whish, Ph.D.
University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

“My overall career goal is to become an independent investigator at an academic institute specializing in breast cancer research.”

Abstract #1131. ING4 attenuates breast cancer cell growth in Matrigel by altering Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 6

 Jean-Claude Rwigema

Jean-Claude M. Rwigema, B.S.
Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

"In the short-term, my goal is to begin my residency training at a radiation oncology program which will prepare me to become one of the leading experts in the field. After residency, I plan to practice in an academic environment where I can be a clinician, an educator and an independent investigator in cancer research."

Abstract #1404. Mitochondrial Targeted Nitroxide JP4-039 ameliorates irradiation-induced delay in bone wound healing and inhibits orthotopic tumor growth
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 16

 Yeidyly Vergne

Yeidyly Vergne, M.P.H.
Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR

“My goal is to finish my doctorate degree in epidemiology and do a certification in genetics and another in toxicology.”

Abstract #976. Consumption of vitamins and calcium reduces breast cancer risk by their regulation of the DNA repair capacity
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 37

 Rachel Zenuk

Rachel L. Zenuk, B.S.
Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

“My goal is to finish my doctorate degree in epidemiology and do a certification in genetics and another in toxicology. Driven by the desire of doing research in Cancer, HIV, AIDS and Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, in hopes of finding a cure and be part of the change.”


Abstract #2806. Factors that influence screening mammography among African American and Mexican American women with breast cancer: Findings from the ELLA Binational Breast Cancer Survey
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 35