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Penn State Cancer Institute Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination group inspires next generation of cancer researchers

Students from Lebanon High School had a hands‑on cancer research and career readiness experience at Penn State Cancer Institute (PSCI) as part of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s C.A.R.E.S. Program on March 29. PSCI Associate Director of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination, Kristin Eckert, PhD, and her team organized three workshops where students learned what causes cancer, how we define and study cancer, and the variety of cancer research careers.

Faculty and staff from the division of Experimental Pathology led the workshops, where students isolated DNA and identified mutations; viewed normal and tumor tissue sections; and learned about zebrafish development and animal models for research. Researchers from the ONE (Oncology Nutrition and Exercise) Group also shared their research approaches and career stories.

Watch a video about the C.A.R.E.S. Program Experience

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