09AO – Genomic Determinants of Microbe-Associated Cancers

Status: Filled – Intern: Yasmeen Abdo
Intern: Yasmeen Abdo
Faculty Name: akinyemi-i-ojesina-2
UAB Department: Epidemiology
UAB School: Public Health
Campus Address: 1665 University Boulevard RPHB 230L
Telephone Number: (205) 934-7911
Email: ojesina@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 2
CCC Research Area: Cancer Biology
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 10
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Jianqing Zhang, PhD
Title of Project: 09AO – Genomic Determinants of Microbe-Associated Cancers
Project Description:

In the Oncopathogenomics laboratory, we combine genomic analyses with functional experiments in primary human tissues and cell lines, to investigate how somatic genomic alterations synergize with microbial influences to modulate tumor initiation, progression, response to therapy and prognosis.

In this project, we will analyze exome and RNA sequencing data derived from tumor samples, and identify molecular determinants of patient prognosis. This work has great promise for illuminating the mechanisms of cancer, development of diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic strategies, and the prevention of cancer.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 4, 2020
Proposed End Date: August 28, 2020
Expected work schedule for intern: Not very flexible, intern MUST be at work on certain days of the week and at certain times of the day (as may be necessary to interview patients, attend lab meetings, process samples, etc.) and should contribute full-time effort.
Category of Project: Analytical/Statistical Research
Cancer topic: Breast, Cervix, Genetics, Multiple Cancer Sites
Does this project involve human subjects: No
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Genomic data analysis


Bench experiments


Figure/Table generation, reports and presentations

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following:
Office or desk space, Computer and printer, Laboratory work bench space, Supplies needed to complete project, Equipment needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications
related to this summer research project:
Very likely
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience:
Computer Programming, Epidemiologic Methods, Infectious agents and cancer, Laboratory Skills, basic knowledge, Scientific Writing Skills