7 students complete cancer research fellowships at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Seven undergraduate students completed cancer research fellowships at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University this summer.

Nadia Ahmed, Naushin Ahmed, John Cavendish, Brendan Cline and Eric Emery of Morgantown, Jill Remick of Rensselaer, New York, and Jawad Zafar of Beckley – the winners of the prestigious fellowship – shared their research findings with their peers and mentors during a recent poster presentation in the John E. Jones Conference Center at WVU’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

The highly competitive fellowship program provides funding and opportunities for undergraduate university and college students who want to pursue careers in cancer research or medicine.  Those selected receive a $4,000 stipend and are paired with a WVU cancer scientist for a 10-week research project.

  • Nadia Ahmed’s project focused on how specific proteins in blood cancer cells affect cancer cell growth.  She is the daughter of Tamanna and Sheikh Ahmed.  She is majoring in chemistry and biology and minoring in Spanish at WVU.
  • Naushin Ahmed studied the role of a protein in breast cancer cells.  She is the daughter of Anjum and Jawed Ahmed.  She majored in biology and graduated this past May from WVU.
  • John Cavendish studied how tumor cells interact and survive in the bone marrow microenvironment.  He is the son of Niki and John Cavendish.  He’s a biochemistry major at WVU.
  • Brendan Cline studied alterations in DNA patterns of tumor suppressor genes in response to proteins associated with the growth and development of pancreatic cancer.  He is the son of Tracy Coup of Wheeling and David Cline of Denver.  He is majoring in biology and philosophy at WVU.
  • Eric Emery looked at protein signaling in cell movement and invasion in head and neck cancer.
  • He is the son of Gwen and Sanford Emery.  He will be a freshman this fall at Duke University.
  • Jill Remick participated in a state-level evaluation of the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) teen smoking cessation program and proposed methods and strategies to adapt the program for a young adult population.  She is the daughter of Scot C. Remick of Morgantown and Susan Remick of Albany, New York.  She is majoring in biology at St. Bonaventure University in New York.
  • Jawad Zafar studied the interaction of a specific protein and how it is deactivated in breast cancer cells.  He is the son of Farhat Jaffary.  He’s a biology major at WVU.

Front row: Jill Remick, Naushin Ahmed, Nadia Ahmed. Back row: Jawad Zafar, John Cavendish, Brendan Cline, Eric Emery.


Financial support for the fellowship program comes from the Edwin C. Spurlock Fellowship Fund, the Edward L. Reed Cancer Research Endowment, the Dr. David B. McClung Cancer Research Endowment Fund and the Joe Marconi Cancer Research Fellowship Endowment.

For information on the fellowship program at the WVU Cancer Center see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/research/undergradResearch.asp.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 08-10-09

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