The following eight trainees are the recipients of the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association Trainee Excellence Awards for the cycle March 1 to July 31, 2010.
The Alumni & Faculty Association grants twelve Trainee Excellence Awards annually in two cycles. The awards are funded in part by gifts to the Education Fund. To make a donation to this fund for trainee awards, you may do so online, or by contacting Development Office staff at 713-563-4087.
Chelsea C. Pinnix, MD, PhD
Resident, Radiation Oncology
Mentor: Tse-Kuan Yu, MD, PhD
Abstract: "Assessing Resting Respiration-induced Cardiac Motion into the Tangential treatment Fields of Breast Cancer Radiotherapy using Four-Dimensional Computed Tomography"
Katrina L. Salazar
Graduate Research Assistant, Pathology
Abstract: "TAZ as a regulator of mesenchymal transformation and clinical aggressiveness in gliomas"
Rachel K. Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Abstract: "Downstream non-canonical Wnt components Daam 1 and WGEF are Required for Epithelial Tubulogenesis in the Xenopus Pronephros"
Klaus W. Wagner, MD, PhD
Fellow, Hematology and Oncology
Mentor: Xifeng Wu, MD, PhD
Abstract: "Genetic variations in DNA-methyltransferases, histone-methyltransferases and methylated DNA binding proteins are associated with recurrence in early stage Non-Small-Cell-Lung cancer treated with surgery alone or surgery and chemotherapy"
Shannon N. Westin, MD
Fellow, Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
Abstract: "Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors: A teachable moment?"
Fernanda I. Staquicini, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, GU Medical Oncology
Abstract: "Targeting the blood-brain barrier with a non-canonical iron-mimicry mechanism: A translational approach for the detection and treatment of human brain tumors"
Amy R. Carroll, MD
Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology
Abstract: "Breaking scaffolds: targeting paxillin in ovarian cancer"
Guillermo Armaiz Pena, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Therapeutics
Abstract: "Neuroendocrine modulation of anoikis"