Victoria Valvo

Victoria Valvo

PIBS 1st-Year Rotating PhD Student


I graduated from Oakland University in the spring of 2021 with my BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology! Along with graduating as a honor's student I received departmental honors and was recently awarded two thesis distinction awards for my Honor's College thesis. During my time at Oakland University I performed research in Dr. Gerard Madlambayan's lab working with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. I was able to give three oral presentations and write a thesis covering the work I did in Dr. Madlambayan's lab. Outside of academia, I spend most of my free time with my dog, Perry, who I rescued in Detroit over a year ago. We love to go to the dog park, going on hikes, and cuddling on my couch!

Research Interests

Being an incoming first year in the PIBS Cancer Biology program, I have not chosen a lab or mentor yet. My research interests are primarily in translational research, particularly in developing new treatment strategies or ways to optimize current treatment options. I want to gain experience in cell culture work and animal work.

Diversity Ambassador

  • Individual with disabilities
  • Have experienced financial hardship