The Observer

Student working on cancer biology uses cellular pathways to study tumor suppression

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

April 22, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death for men in America. In the laboratory run by Robert Silverman in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research I...

Cancer research helps a student find her path

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2015

Some students come to college with a definitive career plan. Others take time and make changes as they see fit. Third-year Rachel Capinpin was in the latter category until she discovered her affinity for laboratory research this past summer. Capinpin, who assists with research at the Case Comprehensive...

Student studies genetic causes of colon cancer

Fourth-year student Erina Quinn played on the tennis team for three years in addition to doing cancer research and other extra-curriculars.

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2015

As someone who has never particularly enjoyed laboratory courses, fourth-year student Erina Quinn was not expecting to enjoy spending additional hours in a laboratory setting during her free time. However when Quinn joined a laboratory the summer after her first year at Case Western Reserve University,...

On the bubble

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2015

Unlike many students, biomedical engineering major Pavan Kota didn’t have an epiphany senior year of high school or late in college about his future career plans. A junior now, Kota realized his discipline of interest the summer before he joined Case Western Reserve University. He had been interested...

The search for cancer-fighting drugs and the discovery of a senior’s passion

Senior Jessica Lin studied how a drug designed to lower blood cholesterol can reduce tumor growth.

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015

Just like many first-year students, senior Jessica Lin was not sure what she wanted to do when she arrived on campus. Four years later, she has found her passion in medicine. This past summer, Lin worked in a neuroscience cancer lab in the medical school studying the effects of a library of drugs...

A drug as a tool

A drug as a tool

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015

A traveler of the world, Dr. Youwei Zhang studied pharmacology in China, then Japan and finally the United States. As a child, he grew up in the countryside and was ripe with curiosity. He remembers that exploring the world was one of his favorite pastimes. It taught him how to confront a new environment...

Colon cancer: Two different tumor worlds

Dr. Sanford Markowitz

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015

In his youth, Dr. Sanford Markowitz loved science. In college, his majors were chemistry and physics, and it was the latter he thought he would continue to study. As an upperclassman, however, Markowitz decided that medicine called to him. Now, he exclusively focuses on colon cancer as a doctor and researcher. Markowitz...

Researchers use spice to fight cancer

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014

Dr. Afshin Dowlati, professor of medicine in hematology and oncology at the CWRU School of Medicine, recently published a paper with several collegeaus that showed circumin, an ingredient in the spice turmeric, killed cells of the cancer mesothelioma. He first found that hyperactivation of STAT3,...

Researcher uses a plant grown vaccine to help fight breast cancer

Kushagra Gupta, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014

At fifteen, Dr. Nicole Steinmetz was at an international figure skating competition in Columbia, thousands of miles away from her home in Germany. So far out of her comfort zone, Steinmetz had to learn to be independent at an earlier age than most. She believes that this helped to give her the self-reliance...

Camp Kesem cares

Camp Kesem

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2014

Students who are looking for more service opportunities are in luck. Camp Kesem, a nationwide organization that supports children whose parents have cancer, is looking for more volunteers to run a week-long summer camp for these children, to let them engage and have fun with their peers. According...

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