August 15, 2019

Congrats to our CURE students!

By msequeira
CURE Program -- Summer, 2019

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Eleven high school and undergraduate students participated in an NCI Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) summer internship program. Working with mentors from across the HSC on cancer focused projects, the students spent 8-10 weeks in laboratories, analyzing data and working within communities. Students completed specialized trainings, a calendar project, were recognized with poster awards, invited to continue their research with their mentors, and selected to present at local or national meetings. 

All CURE students gave poster presentations at the 2019 University of New Mexico Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) Symposium and two were recognized with awards.  The UPN program is led by UNM Comprehensive Cancer member, Dr. Jennifer Gillette.

Here are the CURE students' summer research and accomplishments:

Lila Baca from the University of New Mexico worked with Dr. Miria Kano on a project entitled: Community health workers in New Mexico: What challenges do they face connecting Spanish-speaking patients to colorectal cancer screenings? UPN Symposium Poster Award August 2, 2019. Poster accepted for presentation at 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Francisco, CA September 20-23, 2019. 

Jasmine Boone from the University of New Mexico worked with Dr. Nikki Warner (ASERT Fellow) and Dr. Kathryn Frietze (PI) on a project entitled: Epitope-specific vaccines against dengue virus non-structural protein 1 using a bacteriophage virus-like particle platform.

Monsterrat Camarena-Leija from the University of New Mexico worked with Dr. Andrey Dobroff on a project entitled: Evaluating the Function of the Long Non-Coding RNA (lncRNA), MEAT6, in Melanoma.

Tavia Chuyate from Pueblo of Zuni is a senior at Santa Fe Indian School. and worked with Dr. Sally Davis, Director of the UNM Prevention Center. The title of Tavia's poster was: Addressing Health Disparities in Rural Communities: Increasing Physical Activity Through Social Support. Tavia received a certificate and gift card for 2019 Outstanding Poster Presentation - congratulations!

Alanee Esalio from the University of New Mexico worked with Dr. Xiang Xue on a project entitled: TFRC is essential for colon tissue homeostasis.

Laurel Fimbel from Montana State University worked with Dr. Sally Davis on a project entitled: Investigating Barriers and Facilitators for Walking or Other Physical Activity in Small Rural Communities

Tamia Garcia 2019 Graduate of Santa Fe Indian School completed an 11 day Introduction to Research Course led by Dr. Tammi Duncan, CURE calendar and brochure projects. Tamia plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Dominique Jasperse 2019 Graduate of the Native American Community Academy worked with Dr. Miria Kano on a project entitled: Addressing the Need for LGTB+ Cancer Education for Researchers. Poster accepted for presentation at 12th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Francisco, CA September 20-23, 2019. 

Avantika Krishna from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County worked with Melanie Rivera and Angela Wandinger-Ness on a project entitled: Ketorolac Treatment Reduces Pro-Tumorigenic Cytokines in Ascites Samples from Ovarian Cancer Patients. UPN Symposium Poster Award August 2, 2019. 

Tahnee Peywa from the University of New Mexico worked with Dr. Debra MacKenzie on a project entitled: Potential Role of Environmental Exposure to Poor Dental Health in Tribal Communities. Tahnee plans to present her work at the Navajo Research Conference this fall and continue her studies during the academic year.

Laine Tahy 2019 Graduate of the Native American Community Academy completed an 11 day Introduction to Research Course led by Dr. Tammi Duncan. Laine worked with Dr. Linda Cook on a project entitled: Survival of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) by Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex. Laine plans to return as a UPN student in summer 2020.

Tags: Awards and Honors