Penn State Rockstar: Madison Evans Represents the Future and We Like It

Penn State Rockstar Madison Evans Represents the Future and We Like It

The future is bright when we read about students such as Madison Evans at Penn State. A biological engineering major who probably will head to med school to become a neurosurgeon—at least that’s the plan at the present moment.  Keeping the high marks to be a Schreyer Honors Scholar isn’t enough, Ms. Evans is part of a research effort out of Professor of Biomedical Engineering Deb Kelly’s lab in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, to map a full-length model of p53, a tumor suppressor protein found in various forms of cancer, in glioblastoma cells. This PA-based team is assessing how p53 can function as a suppressor or a perpetuator of breast, brain and pancreatic cancers as well as promising applications of the team’s findings for future therapeutics. 

Professor Deb Kelly and students undertake serious research leveraging the work of another Rockstar student, Penn State graduate student Maria Solares, who worked with Kelly at Virginia Tech. Ms. Solares had figured out a way to isolate the p53 protein from breast cancer cells enabling researchers to use high-powered micro imaging for study.   Now these protocols are being leveraged by Ms. Evans in pursuit of the examination...

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