Christine Parsons.

Slack Laboratory, Yale University - New Haven, CT

Project Description

Bowdoin College Alumni Council Internship Fund Recipient

“This was an incredible learning experience for me as it not only required me to read and analyze the current scientific literature on microRNAs and cancer, but also learn the basics of writing a scientific review. I plan on continue this work this fall.”

At the Slack Laboratory at Yale, I had hands-on experience working on a particular microRNA, mir-34a, which is a promising tumor suppressor currently undergoing human clinical trials. My project was to develop a system in human breast cancer cells that allowed me to control the expression of this microRNA in order to better understand both its role as a tumor suppressor and investigate how resistance to this cancer therapeutic might develop in humans. Additionally, through a former graduate student/previous mentor of mine in the Slack Laboratory who recently became a journal editor at BioMed Central, I had the opportunity to write a literature review on the role of microRNAs in cancer for the Journal of Hematology and Oncology. This was an incredible learning experience for me as it not only required me to read and analyze the current scientific literature on microRNAs and cancer, but also learn the basics of writing a scientific review. I plan on continue this work this fall.

Project Details

  • Date November 23, 2014
  • Tags 2014, Alumni Council, Healthcare, Junior, Science, USA
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