The Pack Research Experience Program (PREP) is a new research award that directly benefits underrepresented students with an academic standing of freshman or sophomore. Get paid to work on a research project or creative activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Cancer is an umbrella term that includes a range of disorders, from those that are fast-growing and lethal to indolent lesions with low or delayed potential for progression to death. One critical unmet challenge is that molecular disease subtypes characterized by relevant clinical differences, such as survival, are difficult to differentiate, so practitioners often lack sufficient information to determine the best course of treatment.
The goal of the project is to develop predictive models able to predict the survival of cancer patients using high-dimensional multi-omics data. Undergraduate students will wok with graduate students to:
- Process data.
- Develop the unsupervised/supervised model to determine cancer subtypes.
- Validate the subtypes using survival information and known clinical variables.
- Develop classifier to stratify new patients.
Benefits of participating students:
- Get paid while learning about research.
- Apply what you learn in the classroom to real issues.
- Develop skills and knowledge that can help you be a better student.
- Build a supportive community around you that includes faculty, staff and fellow students.
- Contribute to a team of researchers that are developing new knowledge.
- Build experience to apply for other undergraduate research opportunities, the McNair Scholars Program or even graduate school.
- Jesus Casillas Manzano (Spring 2021 - present)