Daniel Salas-Escabillas

Daniel Salas-Escabillas

Graduate Student

Biography

Daniel graduated from the University of Guam with Merit Fellowship before completing a post-bac program at the Medical university of South Carolina in 2018. During undergrad, he worked on a number of projects including looking into the effects of pesticides and herbicides on local wildlife. When he was in South Carolina he worked with Dr. Chrystal Paulos to investigate a mechanism for reducing differentiation of T cells for Adoptive T-Cell Transfer Therapy. After completing the Post-Bac program, Daniel started in the UMich Cancer Biology as a Rackham Merit Fellow in the Summer of 2018. Daniel is now working in Dr. Howard Crawford's lab and looking into the tumor microenvironment of pancreatic cancer. Daniel is also the outreach and Diversity chair for the Association of Multicultural Scientists as well as helps with the efforts to celebrate and increase diversity.

Research Interests

Currently my research focuses on characterizing Tuft cells in the pancreas. Tuft cells are a fairly new cell type that has very little work being done with. We are still trying to understand the role that Tuft cells play in the body as well as the markers and characteristics that identify Tuft cells from the rest of the body.

Techniques

Mouse models, tissue culture, organoids, flow cytometry, IHC, IF

Awards

Rackham Merit Fellowship, Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow 2019

National Cancer Institute T32 Training Grant Trainee 2019-2020

Abstracts

2019 Daniel J. Salas, Megan T. Hoffman, Howard C. Crawford. Tracing the Lineage of Tuft cells in Pancreatic Cancer. Poster. University of Michigan Cancer Biology PhD Program Annual Retreat. Sept 13, 2019. Maumee Bay, OH.

2018 Daniel J. Salas, and Chrystal M. Paulos. Turning back the clock on T cell differentiation via Pi3K-δ inhibition: Using Idelalisib to better improve adoptive cell transfer therapy. Oral. The Medical University of South Carolina End of the Year PREP Symposium. May 23rd, 2018. Charleston, SC

2017 Daniel J. Salas, Michelle H. Nelson, Aubrey S. Smith, Megan M. Wyatt, Hannah M. Knochelmann, Stefanie R. Bailey, Chrystal M. Paulos. More is Better: Infusing more CAL-101 treated CD8+ cells is more effective against melanoma. The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Poster. November 1-4, 2017. Phoenix, AZ.
Abstract: http://tinyurl.com/2017ABRCMsAbstract
Poster: http://tinyurl.com/cal101moreisbetter

2016 Daniel J. Salas, Ali Shawki, and Declan McCole. The Role of the IBD-associated gene, PTPN2 in morphology of the mouse intestine. Research Integration of Teaching, Education and Sustainable Resources Seminar. Oral. November 21st, 2016. University of Guam. Mangilao, GU.

2016 Daniel J. Salas, Ali Shawki, and Declan McCole. The Role of the IBD-associated gene, PTPN2 in morphology of the mouse intestine. The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Poster. November 3rd, 2016. Tampa, FL.
Poster: http://tinyurl.com/IBDptpn2

2016 Daniel J. Salas. Summer Research: Before, During and After. Research Integration of Teaching, Education and Sustainable Resources Seminar, University of Guam. Oral. September 14th 2016. Mangilao, GU

2016 Daniel J. Salas, Ali Shawki, and Declan McCole. The Role of the IBD-associated gene, PTPN2 in morphology of the mouse intestine. Annual NIDDK NIH STEP-UP Symposium, National Institute of Health. August 4th 2016. Bethesda, MD.干
Poster: http://tinyurl.com/IBDptpn2

2016 Daniel J. Salas, and Katherine Moots. Endemic Species of the Marianas: Golden White-eye-: Cleptornis marchei. Comparative Vertebrate Symposium for Indigenous Species, University of Guam. April 2016. Mangilao, GU

2015 Daniel J. Salas, Catherine Nguyen, Christina Nguyen, and Timothy Righetti. The Effects of Sevin on the endocrine system of Gambusia affinis. Research Integration of Teaching, Education and Sustainable Resources Seminar, University of Guam. February 16th 2016. Mangilao, GU

Publications

Megan T Hoffman , Samantha Kemp , Daniel J. Salas-Escabillas , Yaqing Zhang , Nina G. Steele, Stephanie The, Dan Long , Simone Benitz, Wei Yan, Robert F. Margolskee, Filip Bednar, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Hui-Ju Wen, and Howard C. Crawford. Ablation of Gnat3 Enhances Pancreatic Cancer Progression. CMGH 2020 In review

Diversity Ambassador

  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • First Generation College Student
  • Graduate From A Minority Serving Institution