TOP Program opens doors for young researchers-to-be

laboratory research

Jake Leflein

“I’ve never doubted for a minute that I want to go into medicine,” says Jake Leflein, who is finishing up his freshman year in the U-M pre-med program. Jake’s main goal is a clinical career as a practicing physician, but three years of laboratory internship experience at the U-M Medical School have opened the door to possibly combining his clinical care career with laboratory research.

Jake has enjoyed his hands-on experience in the laboratory of Diane Simeone, M.D., so much that he chose U-M to attend in order to continue working in Dr. Simeone’s lab. She directs the U-M Translational Oncology Program, or TOP, which seeks to take laboratory discoveries and translate them into practical cancer treatments – which has placed Jake in the thick of cutting-edge research.

Jake’s advice to anyone interested in research:

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Saturday event gives the public a close up look at cancer research

Cancer researchers host talks, tours and interactive learning at Ann Arbor’s North Campus Research Complex

cancer researchHave you ever wondered what cancer researchers do all day (and sometimes all night) in their laboratories? Activities can be as complex as designing new experiments and carrying out existing ones, or as simple as feeding breakfast to a dish full of cells. Cancer research can aim to learn more about treating adults, or treating children. And sometimes researchers use a lot of jargon that actually makes sense, once you’re in the know, like ‘Hedgehog signaling pathway.’

Scientists and other researchers at the University of Michigan’s Translational Continue reading