Mira Sridharan is the fourth of five awardees of the 2018 Hutcheson Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. This Summer, Mira has been working in the Bouton Lab; and her project is focused on Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), a subtype of breast cancer that lacks common therapeutic targets and is therefore associated with poorer prognosis. Mira is especially interested in studying the mechanistic role of BCAR3, an adaptor molecule shown to be significantly upregulated in TNBC patients. She has been using immunoprecipitation, cloning techniques, and western blotting to further elucidate potential pathways and binding partners of BCAR3.
When asked about her general research interests, Mira says, “Finding the cure to cancer seems to be the defining question of my generation. As someone who has always been fascinated with the ways in which the body’s own pathways go awry, a molecular approach to oncological research was the perfect way to explore my interests. My time in Dr. Bouton’s lab has been incredibly insightful and educational, and I’m excited to see what we can discover in the months to come!”
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