Kofi K. Khamit-Kush, MS, BA

Graduate Student
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Abstract 394. Elevated aryl hydrocarbon receptor and leptin receptor expression correlate with prostate cancer progression and may be associated with obesity-associated leptin-mediated chemoresistance.

What are your long-term career objectives? 

Clinical research combines my love for cancer research and improving patient care with the ability to work with diverse teams. My long-term goals are to engage with the biomedical community and serve as a resource to educate and advise on relevant scientific and clinical data in the hopes of expanding the parameters used to critically analyze clinical data for alleviating health disparities. I am interested in using my problem-solving and leadership skills to bring patient-focused clinical trials and translational scientific projects to fruition. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a medical affairs career in the pharmaceutical industry. I avidly seek advice on what steps to take to achieve that goal and how to transition from academia to industry. I relish the opportunity to benefit from the insight and guidance that networking at the 2022 Annual Meeting will provide. 

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

Due to the pandemic and associated turnover in the lab I joined to begin my PhD research in 2019, there was little support/training available to me as a student brand new to laboratory benchwork. As a result, I had to teach myself myriad protocols involving cell culturing, protein expression assays, etc. It was quite a task that I am pleased to have completed, given that my background is primarily in clinical research and bioinformatics. I am grateful for these challenges, however, due to the lessons learned therein and being forced outside my comfort zone – I work well alone but I also leaned on my PhD cohort, external network, and other laboratory techs for guidance.