The McArdle laboratory for Cancer Research is pleased to announce that Cancer Biology graduate student Mary (Maggie) Stangis (Halberg Laboratory) was awarded the 2022-23 Ruth Dicke Scholarship. This award recognizes women who are performing hypothesis driven research in STEM and Social Science fields.
Research Summary: My research is focused on increasing our understanding of how cancer cells and surrounding normal cells interact with one another, contributing to pro-tumorigenic mechanisms including drug resistance. I am particularly interested in how senescent cells, specifically senescent fibroblasts, may support the progression of colorectal cancer by stimulating changes in the tissue microenvironment.
Project title: Modulating Senescent Fibroblasts in the Colon as a Preventative Option for Colorectal Cancer – A Pilot Study