UW-Parkside students conduct research in Toronto
University of Wisconsin-Parkside students Jessa Forster and Christopher Dunn won't be on campus much this summer. That's because they have the opportunity to assist on cutting edge work with one of the most respected cancer and gene therapy researchers in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America.
Forster and Dunn, both Biological Sciences majors, are working with Dr. Jeffery Medin at the University of Toronto this summer. Writing on the university's Medical Biophysics Department web site, Dr. Medin ('85, Biological Sciences) said, "Our laboratory focuses on basic biomedical research and clinical translation directed towards amelioration of inherited and acquired disorders. We are especially interested in rational applications that interplay with the hematopoietic system."
Current laboratory projects listed on the web site, projects the UW-Parkside students may be involved in, are Cancer Immunotherapy which, "offers the potential to eliminate localized cancers, tumor stem cells, and also metastatic disease." Other current projects are "Prostate Biomarkers and Biology," "Modulation of Acid Ceramidase Expression," and research on Fabry Disease.UW-Parkside Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Traci Lee, said the students' summer assignments were made possible by the Biological Sciences Department's connections with Dr. Medin. Dr. Medin was back on campus in October 2011 to lecture on "Development of Gene Therapy for Farbry Disease." Earlier in 2011, he received the university's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award given to graduates who has excelled in their professions.