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05-11-2005

Clarkson Junior Awarded Summer Fellowship At Sloan-Kettering; World Acclaimed Cancer Research Center

[A photograph for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/searleman.jpg]

Adam C. Searleman, a junior with double majors in biomolecular science and mathematics at Clarkson University has been selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. searleman

Searleman will begin his ten-week research fellowship June 6. In addition to a $3,000 stipend, he will have an opportunity to work alongside a prominent cancer researcher and obtain hands-on experience in cutting-edge biomedical research. Searleman’s research mentor at the Sloan-Kettering Institute will be Rob Fisher, M.D. Ph.D., who is investigating the regulation of cell division and how this process is related to genetic expression. “The Sloan-Kettering Institute faculty includes National Academy of Sciences members and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators,” remarked Searleman. “I am grateful for the opportunity to advance my understanding of the biology of cancer and expand my scope of knowledge and research skills at one of the most prestigious cancer institutes in the world.” He will attend weekly seminars presented by faculty and participate in weekly workshops. He will complete the Fellowship by presenting his research findings in a special poster session at the Sloan-Kettering Institute.

Searleman has been performing undergraduate research for his Honors Thesis in the laboratory of Craig Woodworth, associate professor of Biology at Clarkson. Searleman is studying a new form of cancer therapy that targets the epidermal growth factor receptor, a protein that is expressed on the surface of cancer cells. Some patients respond very well to drugs that block this receptor, however, others do not. Searleman is interested in understanding the molecular basis for this difference in response, and in identifying genetic factors that predict how well a particular cancer will respond to treatment. Woodworth submitted one of the letters of recommendation required for Searleman’s fellowship application to Sloan-Kettering. Adam is an outstanding student who has developed a solid understanding of cancer biology,” remarked Woodworth. “This Fellowship at Sloan-Kettering will provide him with the opportunity to work with top cancer researchers and expand both his laboratory and technical skills.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson, Sr. congratulates Adam C. Searleman, a junior at Clarkson University for his selection to a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Less than 20 students are chosen for Fellowships each year. Clarkson, a descendent of the Clarkson family who founded the University in 1896 is the Enid Haupt Chair for Therapeutic Research at Sloan-Kettering and a professor of Medicine at the Cornell University Medical College. He is also a Clarkson trustee and was in Potsdam for the University’s 112th commencement May 8.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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