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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