January 14, 2016

Thesis Defense: April Adams

"Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma"

April Adams
April Adams, Ph.D.

 Congratulations to our newest Cancer Biology graduate, April Adams!

She defended her thesis on "Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma" Thursday, January 14th. Her work in the Jacques E. Nör lab focused on improving cancer treatment by studying a sub-population of cancer cells that initiate and maintain tumor progression, but do not respond to chemotherapy. This work has been published and can be reviewed here.

Prior to attending the University of Michigan, April received her B.S. in Biochemisty from Brigham Young University where she completed research on the palmitoylation of SNAP-25 and its function in the SNARE complex. She also participated in a post-baccalaureate fellowship from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH where she studied the transport of gold particles into the cell.