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Conquering Cancer Series- Battling Colon Cancer

“Cancer touches all of us. We are not free of it. Cancer can affect and hit everyone. It is the great equalizer.” –Daniel Rivas, MA Director, Office of Community Outreach & Engagement On March 28, The Cancer Research Institute hosted its first “Conquering Cancer Series” of the new season. In front of a crowd of…

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Trainee Highlight: Paige Halas

We are thrilled to announce that Paige has advanced to the UC Irvine Grad Slam Finals! She’s one of three finalists from the School of Medicine and the sole representative from the Cancer Research Institute. Paige is also the proud recipient of the Gazzaniga Family Medical Research Award, securing financial support for both herself and…

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Trainee Highlight: Bridget Fortin

A Special Highlight on Bridget Fortin, a Biomedical Sciences PhD Candidate, Former Cancer Biology T32 ICDR Trainee and a member of the Masri Lab!! With the assistance of her Principal Investigator Dr. Selma Masri Bridget has been awarded the NIH National Cancer Institute F31 Predoctoral Fellowship!! The F31 Predoctoral Fellowship award assists talented doctoral candidates…

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New Funding

Congratulations to Mei Kong on her American Cancer Society Research Award for her proposal, “Dissecting the role of secreted metabolite in colon cancer metastasis”. Award Summary: The major cause of death in most cancer patients is metastases.  Metastasis occurs when cancer cells leave the primary site of occurrence and thrive in distant organs. Despite many…

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New NIH CHD Supplemental Funding

Congratulations to Selma Masri and her team which were just awarded an NCI administrative supplement for cancer health disparities (CHD). This is a big deal as NCI had 2 calls last year and only awarded 10 supplements total. They applied to expand our ongoing work in colorectal cancer (CRC) to understand why Hispanics are at…

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New Publication

Congratulations Temoc Ramirez, T32 Trainee, on his co-author publication, “FAM120A couples SREBP-dependent transcription and splicing of lipogenesis enzymes downstream of mTORC1” in Molecular Cell Journal. This was a collaborative publication between Gina Lee, Cholsoon Jang and Fangyuan Ding labs. Link to the paper: HERE

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SSIHI Research Projects Awarded

Six research projects in the field of integrative health have been awarded UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute Pilot Program grants for 2023. Among the recipients were CRI Affiliates: Elizabeth Bess and Katrine Whiteson (Co-I) for the proposal,”Investigating the role of Bifidobacterium diversity on fiber degradation for development of multi-strain probiotics” and Angela Fleischman(Co-I) and…

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2023 V Scholar Grant recipient

Congratulations to Matthew Griffin, Assistant Professor in Departments of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry for receiving the 2023 V Scholar Program Grant for his proposal, “Developing precision probiotics to overcome melanoma resistance to anti-PD-1 therapy,”.

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