UofL Cancer Education Program Award Winners Announced at Research!Louisville

UofL Cancer Education Program Award winners at Research!Louisville:

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category

3rd place: Jenci Hawthorne

Assessing the efficacy of the SA-4-1BBL checkpoint stimulator for cancer immunotherapy

Mentors: Haval Shirwan and Esma Yolcu


2nd place: Stephen Winter

Evaluation of surface modified nanoparticle transport and metastatic invasion using a novel multicellular ovarian tumor spheroid model.

Mentor: Jill Steinbach-Rankins


1st place: Evan Delfino

Radioembolization with Yttrium-90 in Patients with Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma and a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

Mentor: Melissa Potts


NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category

3rd place: Evgeniya Molotkova

Characterization of a first-in-class targeted inhibitor of the RalGDS oncoprotein

Mentor: Geoffrey Clark


3rd place: Dara McDougal

Complex Interactions among Toll-Like Receptor Related Sequence Variants and Prostate Cancer Susceptibility among men of African Descent

Mentor: La Creis Kidd


2nd place: Alana Gipson

Targeting Breast Cancer Resistance to Palbociclib via Oncolytic Virotherapy

Mentor: Jorge Gomez-Gutierrez


1st place: Keegan Curry

The development of hybrid lipid-polymer nanoparticle architectures for the sustained-release of small hydrophilic molecules

Mentor: Jill Steinbach-Rankins

Cancer Education Program Alumni Also Receiving Awards

Doctoral Basic Science Graduate Student Award

2nd place: Douglas Saforo

Tumor microenvironment mimetic culture aids isolation, expansion, and potency of tumor stromal progenitors from primary lung cancer reactions.

Mentors: Leah Siskind and Levi Beverly

Masters Engineering Student Award

3rd place: Justin Heidel

Cardiomyogenic lineage commitment augments cardiac mesenchymal stromal cell anti-fibrogentic paracrine signaling in vitro

School of Dentistry Basic Science Student Award

2nd place: Zachary Fitzsimmonds

Streptococcus gordonii inhibits Porphyromonas gingivalis induced ZEB2 upregulation in TIGK cells through long non-coding RNA ESRG

Mentor: Richard Lamont