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Oct. 2, 2015 – Researchers present findings at Abraham Mitchell Cancer Research Forum

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Five researchers who won grants from the Abraham Mitchell Cancer Research Fund presented some of their findings Wednesday, Sept. 23, at a forum at the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

The research topics ranged from how to block the metastasis of melanoma to how to use filtered light to better detect colon cancer.

The fund was created by Mobile philanthropist and longtime University of South Alabama supporter Abraham Mitchell to advance pilot cancer research across disciplines and departments. The teams were the inaugural recipients of about $300,000 in grants.

The presenters included:

Silas Leavesley, Ph.D., “Feasibility of Hyperspectral Imaging Fluorescence Excitation-Scanning for Colon Cancer Detection”

Steve Lim, Ph.D., “Novel Actions of Nuclear FAK in Cell Cycle Progression and DNA Methylation”

Tom Rich, Ph.D., “3D measurement of Localized FRET Signals in Single Cells”

Dhananjay Tambe, Ph.D., “Assessing the State of Cellular Collectives Through Mechanical Signaling”

Andrzej Wierzbicki, Ph.D., “Development of Selective Inhibitors of Serine/Threonine Protein Phosphatase 5”



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