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Yuan, Runjie

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Immunology, Virology

“I am broadly interested in virology. Specifically, I hope to investigate intercellular communications during viral life cycles. I am also interested in utilizing tools like cryogenic electron microscopy to study virion and viral membrane protein structures. In the meantime, I am very much open to other topics in the field, as well as in cancer biology and biochemistry.”

van Rooyen, Lara

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery, Immunology, Metabolism

“To build on my experience studying the metabolism of pancreatic islets at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I am eager to continue studying cell stress and metabolism, specifically in the context of disease. As such, I am interested in cancer metabolism, and how different metabolic vulnerabilities can be exploited to target cancer cells. As part of this interest, cancer immunology also fascinates me due to its promise of specifically targeting cancer cells with the deleterious effects on other somatic cells caused by many current chemotherapeutic treatments. My experience working on drug discovery in the muscular dystrophy space at Fulcrum Therapeutics has also given me an appreciation for the value of characterizing pharmacological compounds and their mechanisms of action, especially in the context of cancer biology.”

Shabrang, Mitra

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Immunology, Immunotoxicology, Toxicology

“I would love to work on a Immunotoxicology project, like how different types of exposures to xenobiotics could suppress the immune cells and result in tumor development and cancer. Recently I got interested in the effects of lifestyle (diet, alcohol consumption, sleeping rhythms, etc) or even exposures to different materials (like PFAS) could affect the immune cells and the final result of Immunotherapy in cancer patients.”

San Andres Montalvan, Emily

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Immunology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in the interaction between the tumor microenvironment and the immune cells, looking into strategies to avoid or overcome immunosuppression. I am also interested in researching ways to make available immunotherapies more effective depending on the tumor microenvironment ( as it varies depending on the type of cancer.) I would like to work in a translational lab where I have access to patient samples and clinical trials (bench to bedside, and from the bed back to the bench).”

Rowland, Violet

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Cell Biology

“I am interested in understanding how cancer develops and evolves depending on its environment. I am particularly interested in trying to understand why certain subpopulations in a tumor become metastatic or resistant to therapy, with the ultimate goal of creating treatments that can better help those affected by cancer.”

Reynolds, Amy

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Cancer Immunology, Developmental Immunology, Immunology, Pathogenesis & Infection

“I am interested in the tumor microenvironment and how it shapes the immune response. My current research experience centers on investigating the interplay between the developing immune system, metabolism, and T-cell response to infection or cancer. I hope to broaden my scope to encompass other immune cell types. At UNC, I wish to explore cancer immunology research using pre-clinical models to uncover new pathways for novel immunotherapeutic treatments.”

Milhous, Sadie

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Immunology, Translational Medicine

“I am primarily interested in pursuing translational aspects of cancer immunology. More specifically, I am interested in 1) investigating pathways that contribute toward/developing strategies to overcome an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment, and 2) understanding and countering mechanisms that drive a pro-tumor phenotype in immune cells.”

McCoy, Sydney

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Cell Signaling, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Pharmacology

“I am interested in studying different protein interactions or signaling pathways to see if they are potential drug targets. Also, I am interested in molecular mechanisms of disease!”

Lee, Rachel

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Drug Discovery, Genetics, Molecular Biology

“I am interested in epigenetics and more specifically molecular mechanisms of disease. I want to enhance the knowledge that I gained in my previous research experience in an epigenetics and structural biology lab and transition into a lab that uses different techniques like CRISPR or genomic sequencing to look at the basic biology of what is happening in diseases such as cancer. I also have interests in drug design and drug discovery.”

Huynh, Tram

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology

“I am interested broadly in neurobiology. More specifically, I want to understand how different cell types in the brain work and interact in normal environment and in disease contexts.”