Kathryn Bussey, a junior at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach, was one of 65 high school students selected to participate in the SIMR program at Stanford University Medical School. The SIMR program is widely recognized as one of the top summer institutes for scientific research. During the eight-week program Kathryn researched colorectal cancer under the direction of Dr. Hanlee Ji, studying 31 genes believed to be the hallmarks of colorectal cancer that already drug therapies designed to treat the cancer. Kathryn’s goal was to find the correlation between these genes and the genesis of colorectal cancer in an effort to specialize its treatment, giving patients additional treatment options.
As a result of her work, Kathryn received the Doris Duke Award, a $1,500 grant for her demonstration of scientific promise. Of her summer research experience, Kathryn says, “It was fascinating working a laboratory environment among experts in oncology. I learned so much from my experiences through SIMR and look forward to returning to Dr. Ji’s lab as a research associate next summer.”
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