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INTERNSHIP: Apply for the Cancer Disparities Internship

The University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center are now accepting applications for the 2017 summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research. This nine-week summer program offers a unique health science research experience to students from underrepresented and minority communities. Participants will be matched with a faculty mentor and engage in a hands-on research project, learn how community-engaged research helps address health disparities, attend seminars and workshops, and shadow a clinician. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our website. Applications are being accepted through February 13, 2017.

EDUCATION: Koushik Paul
We would like to congratulate Koushik Paul, research assistant to Dr. Badrinath Konety and a participant in the 2016 Cancer Disparities Internship offered through the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center, on his recent selection for a poster presentation at the American Urological Association's annual conference! Additionally, his abstract regarding accrual and minority representation in urologic versus non-urologic cancer clinical trials will be published as a supplement in the April, 2017 edition of the Journal of Urology.
RESEARCH: Katie Murphy, Ph.D.
        Katie Murphy, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Griffith at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. She has a long-standing interest in cancer immunotherapy research, as well as an interest in outreach opportunities that allow her to engage the community in research discussions and promote an interest in science, especially in youth.
        Katie graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Microbiology and received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics. During graduate school, working in the laboratory of Dr. John Ohlfest, she developed an effective immunotherapy in a
brain tumor model. Immunotherapy involves stimulating a patient's own immune system to recognize and destroy their tumor. While immunotherapy research is rapidly expanding, there are a number of limitations to adopting this treatment in the clinic. This has led Katie to become more interested in factors that could limit the success of immunotherapy and to find ways to overcome these barriers. Her current work aims to understand how immunotherapies behave in the context of obesity, a common co-morbidity in many cancers, including renal cell carcinoma. Her research was selected for presentation at the American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting in 2016. This work bridges both the cancer and immunology fields, a feat made possible by the strength of both of these programs at the University of Minnesota.
        Katie has been actively involved with the outreach and educational efforts of the Office of Education and Community Engagement. Recently, she presented her research and led a tour of a laboratory for a group of high school students visiting the university. She has also been active in new initiatives such as the Research in Progress discussion series for trainees and recent networking and professional development events.
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