Melanie Perez

Melanie Perez

Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Abstract 361. MicroRNA expression in murine spontaneous non-small cell lung cancer and human cell lines post-treatment of PRIMA-1.

What are your long-term career goals?  

I intend to earn an MD/PhD in human genetics and genomics to build a career as a physician-scientist working in the field of cancer genetics. My long-term goal is to work as a principal investigator in a lab at an academic medical center. I plan to conduct research on understanding unresolved disease mechanisms for various cancers by targeting common oncogenes and how they are regulated by cellular factors using human cell lines and mice models. By being involved in translational medicine, I ultimately hope to give back to my community.

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

Prior to the pandemic, I had applied and been accepted to the Life Science Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) at the University of Minnesota. However, it was postponed until the summer of 2021. With LSSURP on hold, I decided to join a remote research lab at my home institution that specialized in secondary data analysis, which I am still a part of today.