Tumor Biology Students Take Top Honors at Annual Student Research Competition

March 19, 2010

Tumor Biology students Antoinette Cordova (PhD candidate) and David Solomon (MD/PhD candidate) won top honors at the 24th Annual Student Research Days Competition & Exposition at Georgetown University. In total, eleven TBio students submitted posters, with research topics ranging from a possible link between HPV-18 and breast cancer to inhibiting the growth of glioblastoma multiforme.

"Our students have been so active and enthusiastic about participating in the Research Competition," says Anna Riegel, PhD, associate director for cancer research education at Lombardi. "The quality of all of the posters was wonderful and I'm pleased this was recognized with three winners from the TBio program."

Sawali Sudarshan (MD/PhD candidate) received an honorable mention for a poster title, "The HPV-16 E5 protein represses XBP-1 and COX-2 stress signaling in keratinocytes."

Lombardi's Tumor Biology Program is funded in part by a grant from the National Cancer Institute and grants both MS and PhD degrees in Tumor Biology. The interdisciplinary program also includes a post-doctoral training component, and offers the option of an MD/PhD for students interested in a dual degree.

TBio students have consistently earned high honors at the Annual Student Research Days Competition. In both 2008 and 2009, four students from the program received awards.

Abstracts of all 2010 posters are available on the Competition's website.

Author: Allison T Whitney