Trainee Excellence Awards Recipients Announced

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
Mentor:  Kenneth D. Aldape, MD
Abstract:  "TAZ as a regulator of mesenchymal transformation and clinical aggressiveness in gliomas"


Rachel K.  Miller, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Mentor:  Pierre D. McCrea, PhD
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
Mentor:  Diane C. Bodurka, MD
Abstract:  "Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors:  A teachable moment?"


Fernanda I. Staquicini, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, GU Medical Oncology
Mentor:  Renata Pasqualini, PhD
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
Mentor:  Anil K. Sood, MD
Abstract:  "Breaking scaffolds:  targeting paxillin in ovarian cancer"


Guillermo Armaiz Pena, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Therapeutics
Mentor:  Anil K. Sood, MD
Abstract:  "Neuroendocrine modulation of anoikis"