Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
April 26, 2012
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Undergraduate Research Conference is a day to celebrate research at USF. Undergraduates in all disciplines, as well as student-faculty collaborative projects, present their work, learn from others and enjoy a catered luncheon. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top three papers and/or presentors.
KeynoteSpeaker: Dr. Kristi Egland
breast cancer survivor and research scientist fighting cancer
Dr. Kristi Egland attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and got her Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Iowa in 2000. She continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., where she developed a molecular approach to discover new genes encoding proteins that could be used either to diagnose breast cancer or as a target for therapy.
In 2004, she moved to Sioux Falls where she is an associate scientist at the Cancer Biology Research Center, Sanford Research/University of South Dakota and assistant professor in the Department of OB/GYN at Sanford School of Medicine of USD.
Dr. Egland is a breast cancer survivor, and she is using her experience as a patient to help guide her own research. Currently, her research is funded by a $450,000 grant through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The goal of this project is to develop a simple blood test to detect breast cancer early by using the body’s own immune system as a type of cancer biosensor.