Wednesday, February 17, 2021

CanBio Bagel Talk

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Virtual Zoom meeting

Contact Kurt Nelson

Join the meeting via Zoom: Meeting ID: 988 9384 7720, Passcode: 931348

Corey Speers, MD, PhD, Andrea Pesch, and Nicole Hirsh 

Speaking jointly on: CDK4/6 Inhibitor-Mediated Radiosensitization of Breast Cancer: A Novel Therapeutic Approach.

Andrea Pesch

Andrea Pesch

Doctoral student

Andrea Pesch joined the Speers’ lab through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) as a Bernard Maas Fellow and is currently a fourth year Pharmacology PhD candidate. During her first two years of graduate school, Andrea was a trainee on the Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (T32) training grant, and she is currently a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual NRSA (F31) fellow through the National Cancer Institute. Andrea graduated with highest distinction from the University of Michigan in 2017 where she received a B.S. in Biochemistry and the Chemistry department's Seyhan N. Ege Women in Science and Engineering award. Andrea worked as an undergraduate research technician in the labs of Dr. James Rae (Michigan), Dr. Jinghua Hu (Mayo Clinic), and Dr. Erin Schuetz (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital). As a graduate student, Andrea aims to develop translational treatment strategies to radiosensitize aggressive breast cancers, including the use of PARP inhibitors like olaparib and CDK4/6 inhibitors like palbociclib. Outside of lab, Andrea loves to host and cook for dinner parties and bake fancy desserts from scratch.

Nicole Hirsh

Nicole Hirsh


Nicole Hirsh is a senior at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and hopes to obtain an MD/PhD degree after graduation. Nicole received the Freshman Branstrom Award in 2018 and the James B. Angell Scholar Award in 2019 and 2020 for her academic achievements in the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts. She spent her past two summers as a research assistant at NYU School of Medicine and The Rockefeller University respectively, studying breast cancer metabolism and cell signaling. As a research assistant in the Speers Lab, where she will be completing a senior honors thesis, Nicole’s work focuses on CDK4/6 inhibition in ER+ and triple negative breast cancers.