2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows! 

The $4500 fellowship is offered to Undergraduate members of HCRI working on a cancer-related project this summer. The 2017 awardees are (in no particular order):


Student: Sam Arroyo

Project Tile: Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in Bone Metastasis of Prostate Cancer

Mentor: Professor Xin Lu, John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame


Student: Kate Beriont

Project Tile: Investigation into the Extrinsic Mechanism of MTSS1 Downregulation in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Mentor: Professor Reginald Hill,  Archibald Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame


Student: Michael Canonico

Project Tile: Site-Specific Antiboty-Drug Conjugation via Nucleotide Binding Site for Increased Efficacy and Reproducibility

Mentor: Professor Basar Bilgicer, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame


Student: Mark Etzelmueller

Project Tile: Design and Fabrication of a Prototype Optical Based Tumor Microimplant for Measuring Tumor Oxygenation

Mentor: Professor Thomas O'Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame


Student: Siena Mantooth

Project Tile: Targeted Asparaginase for Improved Treatment of Pediatric Leukemia

Mentor: Professor Matt Webber, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame


Student: Bridget McClain

Project Tile: Recognition of Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers for Early Detection

Mentor: Professor Karen Cowden Dahl, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend


Student: Michael Mulligan

Project Tile: Unlocking Zampanolide - A Microtubule-Stabilizing Agent 

Mentor: Professor Richard Taylor, Interim Director of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame


Student: Kelly Volk

Project Title: Characterization of Metastatic Genes of Interest AMIGO2 and TENM2 for Ovarian Cancer

Mentor: Professor Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director of Harper Cancer Research Institute, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Notre Dame