Cancer Science Prize Winners      

The University of Illinois Cancer Center congratulates PhD graduate students Monica Haughan and Joohyun Im on winning the Cancer Center’s Cancer Science Prizes for their posters during the annual UIC College of Pharmacy Research Day.

Research Day is an annual event that brings together trainees, alumni, faculty members and staff, as well as industry and academic colleagues from the Chicago area.

Haughan and Im were among 16 poster winners at the event held in November. Both are in the lab of Joanna Burdette, PhD, co-leader of the Cancer Center’s Cancer Biology research program.

Cancer Science Prize

Haughan earned the $500 first-place Cancer Science Prize for the poster entitled “Probing the Molecular Crosstalk Between Ovarian Cancer and Omentum.” Other authors on the poster are Tova M. Bergsten, MD/PhD candidate at UIC; Hannah Lusk, Chemistry PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC); Aloysius J. Klingelhutz, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa Health Care Carver College of Medicine; Laura M. Sanchez, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC; and Burdette, a Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at the UIC College of Pharmacy.

Im earned the $250 second-place Cancer Science Prize for the poster entitled “The Critical Role of PAX8 in High-Grade Serous Cancer Survival and its Therapeutic Implications.” Other authors on the poster are Yi-Chien Wu, PhD candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program at UIC; Dan D. Lantvit, research specialist in the Burdette lab; Steve S.-Y. Lee, PhD, Cancer Center member and  Assistant Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences in the UIC College of Pharmacy; Barbara C. Vanderhyden, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research at the University of Ottawa; and Burdette.

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