Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Of Interest | Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine (CGM) | Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Medicine | March 29, 2015
Pei-Yin Hsu, a graduate student in the department of Molecular Medicine, has just been selected for a Graduate School
of Biomedical Sciences Travel Award.
“Pei was selected for funding based on her excellent
academic record and standing in the scientific community,” said Dr. Sophie
Pina, assistant dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health
Science Center at San Antonio.
She will be using the travel award to travel to the American
Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in April at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Her mentor is Dr. Tim Hui-Ming Huang.
“I would like to go to get the most up to date research on
breast cancer,” Hsu said. “I want to learn new tools and also learn from others
who are doing similar work.”
Hsu is currently working to identify how long-term estrogen
predisposure will identify carcinogenesis.
“Our data indicates that if a mom during her pregnancy is
exposed to distant estrogen response elements (DEREs)
compounds, it may increase their daughter or even granddaughter’s risk,” Hsu
said. “We are focused on identifying these mechanisms especially the epigenetic
Hsu explained that as a female researcher working in her
lab, she feels passionate about finding new therapies or ways to prevent breast
“I think that the current strategies for breast cancer are
not going in the right direction, we have a high breast cancer rate in this
country,” Hsu said. “I hope that my research will eventually become a therapy.”
At the AACR Annual Meeting, Hsu will be presenting a poster
on her research as well as going to lectures to learn more.
“I’m not only going to focus on breast cancer lectures, I’d
like to go other interesting talks and learn about other models,” Hsu said.
“Seeing other people’s helps me because different cancer models may share
similar mechanisms so I can see how other studies can be linked to
translational research and the application field.”
Besides learning from others at the conference, Hsu is
excited to go to Philadelphia.
“I’ve never been to Philadelphia before,” Hsu said. “I’ve
been to Washington D.C. before and I’ve always wanted to go to Philadelphia to
do a history tour.”
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