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NF Center Undergraduate Receives Prestigious Summer Research Grant

Lara Marquez Y Marco, an undergraduate researcher in the Washington University NF Center, was recently awarded a summer Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. For her summer project, Lara will work with senior postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jit Chatterjee, in the laboratory of Dr. David Gutmann, to explore the relationship between nerves and tumor cells. Using mouse models of Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) brain tumors (optic gliomas), she will determine how nerves deliver growth factors to the tumor and whether blocking the activity of neurons using anti-seizure medications can slow tumor growth in mice.