Five undergraduate students have been selected to participate in the Summer Research Fellowship Program this year at the WVU Cancer Institute. They include Daniel Berrebi, River Hames and Joseph McGuire of WVU, Emmanuel Chan of UC Berkeley and Stephen Chen of Princeton University. The students receive a $4,000 stipend and are paired with a WVU cancer scientist for a 10-week research project. Berrebi’s mentor is Linda Vona-Davis. Chan’s mentor is Patrick Ma. Chen’s mentor is Erik Bey. Hames’ mentor is Scott Weed. McGuire’s mentor is Alexey Ivanov.
(l-r) front row: Daniel Berrebi and River Hames
(l-r) back row: Stephen Chen, Emmanuel Chan and Joseph McGuire
Many thanks to the WVU women’s soccer team and their fans who came out to watch the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 5-1 during the “pink” game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown on October 8. The game was an opportunity for both the team and fans to join the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to raise breast cancer awareness and support the fight against breast cancer. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, representatives of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus), and assistant women’s soccer coach Marisa Kanela were called to the field for halftime recognition and an announcement that the Mountaineers raised nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Institute’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the team’s annual spring fundraiser. Additionally, Mountaineer fans donated more than $1,300 in exchange for official pink Mountaineer T-shirts. Their donations will support the Breast Cancer Program Enhancement Fund at the Cancer Institute.
Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Master of Science in Health Sciences Program at West Virginia University, was surprised and delighted to see 65 of her colleagues at her recent presentation. Before the standing-room-only crowd, she discussed her latest research into how adipose-derived stem cells, which originate in fat, influence the activity of breast cancer cells.