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Immunotherapies for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Project by Polygence alum Claire

Immunotherapies for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Project's result

I created a review article and presented at The Symposium of Rising Scholars.

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a rapidly progressing cancer in which the stem cells within the bone marrow differentiate into immature lymphocytes and proliferate from there. More specifically, there is an overproduction of immature lymphocytes that in turn causes a deficiency in the other blood cell types leading patients to become immunocompromised, anemic, or thrombocytopenic. Traditionally, this type of cancer has been treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Although these traditional methods may be successful most of the time, they can also come with harmful side effects, but new advanced treatments have been developed in the form of immunotherapies. Some of these latest immunotherapies include CAR-T therapy, monoclonal antibodies, allogeneic transplantation, and checkpoint inhibitor drugs which are an improvement from previous methods because they target specific regions of the body and utilize the body's immune system. Through this project, I aimed to provide insights into how these immunotherapies function and why they are useful for treating ALL.



Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Medicine, Biology


Cancer Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology




Hello! My name is Claire and my Polygence project is on applying immunotherapies to treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I chose to work on this project because I am interested in pediatric oncology and I wanted to learn more about upcoming treatments for ALL. After my project is complete, I would like to publish my article and potentially create my own website.


Mayo High School

Graduation Year


Project review

“The mentor that I worked with exceeded my expectations.”

About my mentor

“Despite the fact that I did not know a lot about my topic, he made sure I fully understood all of the material and thoroughly answered any questions I had. Furthermore, whenever I messaged him, he answered in a timely answer. Lastly, he gave me helpful tips while still emphasizing the fact that it is my article.”