Meet Sarah Brokovich Undergrad Intern

07-21-2017

Hi, I’m Sarah Brokovich.  I am a senior majoring in Genetic Biology at Purdue University.  I am working on pancreatic cancer in Dr. Stephen Konieczny’s lab.  This summer, I am using a gene-editing strategy called CRISPR-Cas9 to knockout the Sox9 gene, a gene that the lab has shown to be essential to pancreatic cancer.  Once this has been achieved, we believe the formation of pancreatic cancer will be inhibited.  Ultimately, we hope to map other genes that are critical to pancreatic cancer and will use this knowledge to develop targeted therapeutics to help treat patients with this disease.

In the future, I plan to go to graduate school to become a genetic counselor specializing in oncology.  To this end, my summer research internship has given me invaluable experience working with cancer and its genetic causes.  It has allowed me to further my knowledge of laboratory techniques.  But most importantly, it has allowed me to pursue my passion for scientific research, genetics, and oncology.  I am very grateful to the Department of Biological Sciences and to the many donors for this incredible opportunity!

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