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Student Profiles: Christina Fennell, C'2016

Find a CURE: Biology Major Receives Valuable Cancer Research Training

Biology major and Bonner Scholar Christina Fennell, C'2016, is still reveling in her summer experience. Fennell spent her summer at the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University as a Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience program trainee.

During her eight-week internship with the CURE program, Fennell worked with a cancer research team on a project titled, "Inhibition of LDHA to Prevent Cancer Cell Proliferation." Fennell studied LDHA, an enzyme crucial for cancer cell proliferation, to determine the optimum dosage of the enzyme's inhibitors to treat melanoma and cancerous kidney cells.

As a CURE trainee, Fennell and her fellow student researchers were introduced to the basics of cancer biology and participated in weekly faculty-led career seminars. At the end of the program, she presented her findings in a written summary and gave an oral presentation to her fellow CURE students and faculty mentors.

Fennell was among 12 college students chosen to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. Her future aspirations include pursuing a doctorate degree in epidemiology and conducting public health research. In addition to being a Bonner Scholar, Fennell is also a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, S.H.A.P.E., National Council of Negro Women, and Alpha Lambda Delta.

Funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, CURE serves underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. CURE students work with scientists who act as mentors on nationally funded laboratory research projects. During the program, students are introduced to the basics of cancer biology and receive career guidance through weekly focused seminars presented by faculty members.

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