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Colleen

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
cancer immunology
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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.

Current Immunotherapy Approaches

How can we unleash a patient’s own immune system to target and kill cancer cells? Immunotherapy is a hot topic and aims to alter the immune system to better recognize and attack cancer cells. There are numerous immunotherapies, including checkpoint inhibitors, CAR-T cells, and bispecific antibodies. In this project, we can focus on a certain type of immunotherapy or look at the various immunotherapies used in a specific cancer type.

Cancer Drug Discovery

Are you curious about how cancer treatments are developed? What steps are needed to go from a good idea to an FDA approved drug? How do you validate a molecule in animal models before giving it to humans? In this project, we can look at past and current examples to learn how targets are identified, validated, moved into clinical trials, and eventually approved.