Eli Soyfer, BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2019, University of Arizona

Anticipated AMP Graduation Date: 

Spring 2020

Other Education:      

University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2019         

Research Advisor and Department:                                     

Dr. Joyce Schroeder, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Topic:                                                                            

The topic of my research is focused on determining the mechanism of action for a therapeutic that targets breast cancer cells. A common oncogene seen in breast cancer is the EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) that allows increased cellular proliferation and tumorigenesis. The drug we have designed acts to inhibit EGFR function in breast cancer cells while promoting different pathways that result in cell death. Therefore, we are working to improve this treatment of breast cancer.

What do you like to do outside of the lab?                       

Exploring Arizona, Spending Time with Family and Friends, Playing Tennis, Running, Swimming

What outreach or service activities are you involved in?                            

College of Science Ambassador, EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for University of Arizona Emergency Medical Services, Lead Resident Assistant for the Department of Housing and Residential Life, Patient Experience Ambassador for Banner-University Medical Center, Phi Beta Kappa Member                                                      

Favorite Quotation:                                     

 “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius

Honors and Awards

MCB Danny Brower Memorial Scholarship, Galileo Circle Scholarship, Honors College Spirit of Inquiry Research Grant

Why did you choose to enter the MCB AMP Program?                 

I have always been interested in a career in medicine and research. I chose the MCB AMP since I saw it as allowing me to take my research to the next level and further along my desire to go into research and medicine. The MCB AMP is amazing at easing its students into the transition from undergraduate studies to graduate coursework and research.