Grant Johnson | January 30, 2017
Biological sciences graduate student Joshua Mason has been selected to attend the 2017 National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Selection in the NGSS is extraordinarily competitive as application is by invitation only. Over 1,500 students were invited to apply for the 2017 symposium of which only 42 students were selected to participate. Mason and the other selected participants will receive an all expenses paid trip to St. Jude this Spring where they will give a talk, present a poster, and meet with St. Jude scientists.
Mason plans to discuss his recent discovery regarding the survival of cancer cells. “We have found that multiple different cancer types require a unique protein, SGK-1, in order to promote ATP generation and survival during ECM-detachment using a distinct and novel mechanism.” As a result of this finding, “SGK-1 may serve as a master regulator for ATP generation and survival of metastatic cancer cells and may serve an efficacious therapeutic target to specifically eliminate metastatic cancer cells.” These are very exciting findings as in excess of 90 per cent of cancer-related deaths are due to metastatic cancer.
Mason is very excited for the opportunity. “Participation in this symposium at St. Jude will act as a catalyst to my career progression, as it indicates that I can perform, analyze, and communicate quality science with leaders in the scientific community.”