Chris Kolda | February 16, 2020
What happens when you bring 200 of the strongest undergraduate researchers from across the country together, joined by some of the top senior researchers in the world? Three Glynn Scholars traveled to Boston this January to find out. Senior Michael Sokolowski (Biology) and juniors Tyler Dann (SCPP, Psychology) and Madeline Owen (Neuroscience) each presented at the 2020 National Collegiate Research Conference, held annually at Harvard University since 2007. Students from 80 universities were present with them, and to no one’s surprise, this multi-disciplinary mix of research talent produced an exciting weekend during which the students and senior researchers alike were able to share their enthusiasm for research and to build the kind of personal networks that drive success in modern research fields.
Michael presented on his research with Prof. Zach Schafer into the role of a serine/threonine kinase known as SGK-1 in cellular ATP generation after detachment from the extra-cellular matrix. This research seeks to help solve the mystery of how cancer cells survive while traveling through the human body disattached from the cellular matrix that usually provides for their nutrition, and is a key step in understanding how cancer metastasizes, present in roughly 90% of cancer-related deaths.
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