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Christopher O

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


General biology, cancer biology, stem cell biology, cancer immunology, or cancer therapy.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Cancer Biology Review

Are you interested in learning more about cancer biology? In this project, students will choose a specific cancer of their choice and learn to conduct a scientific literature review. In this scientific literature review, the students will learn about the tissue/cell of origin, what happens to the tissue/cells at a molecular level to allow for cancer development, and the current therapies geared toward treating it. To finish things off, we'll work together in creating a paper, video, or presentation based off the student's findings!

Cancer Gene Research Proposal

In this project, students will do an initial scientific literature review of some common genes that are commonly mutated in cancer. Once they find a gene of interest, will do another short scientific literature review on what is currently known about this gene in cancer development. We'll then brainstorm a few ideas about new ways we can research this gene and create a proposal. After this, we'll work towards creating a few experiments to test our proposal. Finally, we'll create a presentation of the student's choice to share their findings!

Cancer Treatment Review

In this project, students will identify a cancer of interest and perform a scientific literature review on the history of treatment for this specific type of cancer. Once the students have learned about the history of its treatment, the student will investigate current treatments and their level of effectiveness. Lastly, the students will then prepare a presentation for which they'll be able to share their findings!

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