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Student Spotlight: Paige Halas MS ’19, Ph.D ’24

“Conducting cancer research is working with others to fill a bucket one drop at a time to achieve results that better serve cancer patients.” Paige Halas sits quietly at her lab station. Her mind focused on the tasks at hand. She works diligently on her experiment while raising her head occasionally to give several colleagues…

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Publication Highlights From CRI Collaborative Teams

The Cancer Research Institute had an outstanding year in publications. All the collaborative teams worked hard to have many papers published. Below is a list of all the publications and their respective links. Bogi Andersen & Max Plikus A Roadmap for a Consensus Human Skin Cell Atlas and Single-Cell Data Standardization. J Invest Dermatol READ…

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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 T32 trainees appointed

Welcome to our newly appointed trainees in the Interdisciplinary Cancer Research program. Predoctoral students are: Isam Adam (Lawson lab); Brendan Chu (Edinger lab); Daniel Martinez (Benavente lab); Taryn Morningstar (Halbrook lab); Eli Soyfer (Fleischman lab). In addition, Shannon Pfeiffer (Masri lab) will join the training program in January 2024. Our new postdoctoral trainee is Dr….

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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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