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CANCER RESEARCH FELLOW WILL FOCUS ON LEUKEMIA


Auxiliary two-year $100,000 fellowship for cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Meyer’s


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summary, the current invasive and debilitating treatments for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), including chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, produce a five-year survival rate of only 50 percent. Her research goal in the pursuit of weakening or curing leukemia aims to better understand how microRNA signaling contributes to the development and progression of cancer. The ultimate goal is to translate microRNA biomarkers and therapeutics into clinical use. Meyer earned a bachelor’s


degree in molecular and cellular biology from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in cancer, cell and molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati.


“My academic training and


research experiences have provided me with a diverse


ara Meyer is this year’s recipient of the Ladies


scientific background, including genetics, molecular biology, epithelial tissue and mouse modeling of solid (epithelial cancers),” she


writes. “Presently, I am one of few researchers in the world implementing a novel approach to identify endogenous microRNA signaling targets in leukemia.” Meyer’s mentor at Cincinnati


Children’s, H. Leighton Grimes, Ph.D., recommends her as “a highly motivated, hardworking, promising young scientist,” a well-qualified cancer biologist with demonstrated expertise in cancer cell growth and differentiation, mouse models of cancer and cancer cell signaling. “Sara’s drive, strong intellect, successful publication track record and demonstrated ability to quickly learn and implement new techniques in the laboratory make her an excellent and qualified candidate for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars Postdoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship.” n MS


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