American Association for Cancer Research

2010 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research

 Caroline Appleyard

Caroline B. Appleyard, Ph.D.
Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR

“I want to continue to contribute to the education of minority scientists by expanding and improving upon our current NIH-funded graduate training program, of which I am the Program Director.”

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

 Tiffany Ardley

Tiffany W. Ardley, Ph.D.
Florida A&M Univ., Tallahassee, FL 

“My long-range plans are to open and direct a translational cancer research center in North Florida similar to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The center would involve people and researchers from the lab to the clinic. It would include a health disparities unit.”

Abstract #735. Synthesis of substituted 1,2,3,4 tetrahydroisoquinolines as anticancer agents
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 27

 Hareesh Bhaskaran Nair

Hareesh Babu Bhaskaran Nair, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

“My goal is to establish a strong extramurally funded research program centered in finding novel therapies and their effective delivery systems for cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer.”

Abstract #4607. Novel role of PARP4 in hormone-dependent breast cancer progression and metastasis
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 29          

 Carmen Buxo

Carmen J. Buxó, Ph.D.
University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health, San Juan, PR

“My goal is to examine the association between residential exposure to carcinogenic industrial chemicals emitted by industrial facilities that report to the Environmental Protection Agency Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and oral cancer in Puerto Rico.”

 

 Bandana Chatterjee

Bandana Chatterjee, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

“My long-range career objectives are to identify novel pathways that can be targeted to inhibit prostate tumor development and tumor growth and to seek leadership positions.”

Abstract #1252. Interacting role of the androgen receptor and the corepressor Alien in the proliferation inhibition of prostate cancer cells
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 10

 Zhenbang Chen

Zhenbang Chen, Ph.D.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“My goal is to develop a highly competitive molecular oncology laboratory at Meharry Medical College by publishing the discovery in top-ranked journals and obtaining more funding.”

Abstract #3200. A Novel Functional Role of ARF in Prostate Cancer
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 10

 Linda Connelly

Linda Connelly, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy, Hilo, HI

“My goals are to achieve tenure at the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy and establish a lab where I will train undergraduate and graduate students; and to contribute to the understanding of tumor progression at a molecular level and provide information to direct development of novel therapies.”

Abstract #1352. Macrophage specific regulation reveals both pro- and anti-tumor effects of NF-kappaB during mammary tumor progression
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 14

 Karen Cowden-Dahl

Karen D. Cowden Dahl, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM

“My long-range career goals are to acquire a tenure-track faculty position. I want to be an educator and mentor to underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students.”

 

 Sakina Eltom

Sakina E. Eltom, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“My long-range career objective is to establish an expertise in my research area and contribute to the eradication of breast cancer globally.” 

Abstract #4077. Knockdown of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor altered tumorigenic 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

 Cimona Hinton

Cimona V. Hinton, Ph.D.
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA   

“My goal is to establish a research program in signals that mediate organ specific metastasis from the breast and prostate. I am committed to providing an environment that exposes minority students to the biomedical sciences and trains them to be leaders in cancer research.”

Abstract #3182. Decreased Expression of PTEN enhances CXCR4-mediated proliferation and tumorigenesis in prostate cancer cells
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 9

 Addanki Kumar

Addanki P. Kumar, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

“The long-term objective of my research program is to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in prostate cancer using in vitro and in vivo pre-clinical animal models with the goal of translation to the bedside.”

Abstract #4989. FLIP transcriptional deregulation: A potential mechanism for development of androgen independent prostate cancer
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 6

Abstract #3047. 2-Methoxyestradiol inhibits proliferation and induces apoptosis through modulation of miR-7/FLIP signaling in prostate cancer cells
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 4

Abstract #5389. Enhanced inhibition of proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells by combination of Gemcitabine and Phellodendron amurense bark extract: target identification
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 21

 Dana Marshall

Dana R. Marshall, Ph.D.
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

“My goal is to continue to identify and mentor students, either graduate or medical, who are interested in oncology or cancer research. The goal is to provide them with as many opportunities as possible to learn and present and to make it clear to them that they are a member of the cancer research community already.”

 Patrick Martin

Patrick M. Martin, Ph.D.
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

“My long-term career goal is to enter administration and aid in the implementation of “true” biomedical research and research curricula at Minority Serving Institutions and other teaching intensive universities.”

Abstract #777. Rosehip (Rosa canina) extracts prevent Akt-mediated cell proliferation in glioblastoma cells
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 11

 Michelle Martinez-Montemayor

Michelle M. Martínez-Montemayor, Ph.D.
University Central del Caribe, Bayamón, PR

“My long-term research and career objectives are to study breast cancer biology, specifically inflammatory breast cancer tumor progression. I am interested in studying the genetic profile of tumors in Puerto Rican and other Hispanic populations to identify molecular targets and develop effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of this intractable disease; contributing to elucidating the scientific basis of cancer disparities.”

Abstract #5725. Differential effects of dietary soy isoflavones on cancer metastasis
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 35

 Anita Patlolla

Anita K. Patlolla, Ph.D.
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

“My goal is to provide future studies on the assessment of adverse effects of nanomaterials used in drug-delivery systems especially in treatment of cancer.”

Abstract #4381. Biochemical and histopathological evaluation of mice exposed to functionalized single-walled carbon nanotube
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 20

 Saleh Rahman

Saleh M.M. Rahman, Ph.D., M.B.B.S., M.P.H.
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

“My goal is to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive, community based behavioral interventions to reduce cancer disparities among minority population. My career goal also includes improve understanding of social determinants of cancer disparities through behavioral epidemiological research.” 

 Pothana Saikumar

Pothana Saikumar, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

“My long-term career objectives are to obtain full tenured professorship, teach and train our graduate students, and direct a cancer research program that emphasizes translational science.“ 

Abstract #679. Targeting LC3-SQSTM1 (p62) signaling axis to treat apoptosis-resistant and metastatic breast cancers
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 25

 Temesgen Samuel

Temesgen Samuel, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL

“My long-term objective is to be an independent investigator with research focus on molecular mechanisms of drug-diet interactions and their impact on cancer management. Specifically, I would like to examine how diet or supplements affect the outcomes of cancer therapy.”

Abstract # 2490. The flavonoid quercetin interferes with the activity of anti-microtubule drugs
Poster Session: Monday, April 19, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 21

 Berrin Serdar

Berrin Serdar, M.D., Ph.D.
Florida International University, Miami, FL

"My research objective is to perform large-scale, population-based studies investigating the relationship between environmental exposures and genetic and epigenetic susceptibility factors for cancer development."

Abstract #4696. Increased levels of urinary 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHPyr) after 6 hours of work among roofers in South Florida
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 33

 Marta Torroella-Kouri

Marta Torroella-Kouri, Ph.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 

“My long-range career objectives are to become firmly established in the field of inflammation, immune suppression and cancer with stable R01 funding support for my research.”

Abstract #3816. Blood monocytes from tumor-bearing mice exhibit a mixture of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory genes and downregulate differentiation markers
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 37

 Kassim Traore

Kassim Traore, Ph.D.
Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC 

“My long-term career objectives and research goals include not only to become a competitive researcher in my current academic position but also to develop a successful cancer research program at Elizabeth City State University.” 

Abstract #4378. Aflatoxin B1 inhibits LPS-induced TNF-alpha production in RAW 264.7 cells
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 20

 Ratna Vadlamudi

Ratna K. Vadlamudi, Ph.D.
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

“My long-term career objectives are to establish a strong research program to study the molecular mechanisms of hormonal signal transduction and to develop alternative therapies for endocrine therapy resistant tumors.”

Abstract #4604. Roscovitine modulates ERα/ERβ ratio: A novel means to target hormonal therapy resistance
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 29

 Luis Vazquez-Quinones

Luis E. Vázquez-Quiñonez, Ph.D.
University Metropolitana, San Juan, PR

“My long-range career goal is to become a productive and independent researcher, able to obtain continuous funding to support my research and to train students in the field of cancer.”

Abstract #275. The shedding of epidermal growth factor receptor is mediated by MMP-2 or MMP-9 and stimulated by fibronectin in MDA-MB-468 cells
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 9

 Pablo Vivas-Mejia

Pablo E. Vivas-Mejía, Ph.D.
University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus, San Juan, PR

“My research goal is to understand the mechanism by which ovarian cancer cells become resistant to chemotherapy, and in developing siRNA-based strategies for ovarian cancer."

Abstract #677. Targeting the survin splice variant 2β in taxane-resistant ovarian cancer
Poster Session: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 25

Abstract #5468. JNK-1 Inhibition Leads to Antitumor Activity in Ovarian Cancer
Poster Session: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 24

 Clement Yedjou

Clement G. Yedjou, Ph.D.
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

“My long-term career goal is to become a top ranked junior researcher at Jackson State University, and to establish myself as an internationally recognized biomedical researcher in the field of leukemia therapy and molecular pharmacology.”

Abstract #3582. In vitro Pharmacological Studies of Water Soluble Garlic Extract
Poster Session: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A-C, Poster Section 25