Jason A. White, MS

Jason A. White, MS

Graduate Student
Tuskegee University
Montgomery, Alabama

Abstract 1507. Tumor-only analysis of whole-exome sequencing from a multi-institutional Nigerian prostate cancer cohort reveals DNA repair genes associated with African ancestry.

What are your long-term career objectives?

To become an independent cancer researcher/full professor at Tuskegee University. 

Please share information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years. 

Like so many others, the pandemic has disrupted my life and research plans. The biggest disruption has been providing a venue for my niece (fourth grade) and nephews (eighth grade and kindergarten) to attend virtual instruction at my home. They are worth the investment but it is chaotic juggling that along with my other responsibilities. The energy required to provide that level of oversight and instruction to them, coupled with navigating the ever-changing policies, procedures and technology platforms of the school system have been exhausting. Thankfully at this point, they are primarily back in face-to-face instruction and for the times they must be at home we have established a routine. On a positive note, the pandemic allowed me to see ways to better improve how I maintain my work/life balance, by reorganizing my priorities and carving out time for specific activities. Overall, I believe my personal and professional endeavors will benefit from this experience.