Title

Early Breast Cancer Detection by Quantitative Determination of Potential Biomarkers in Urine Samples Using Capillary Electrophoresis

Presenter Information

Megan Schuller

Department

Chemistry

Major

Chemistry

Research Advisor

Ma, Yinfa

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program; Environmental Research Center, Department of Chemistry

Abstract

Breast cancer is a disease that impacts the majority of the female population in the world. Unfortunately, the most reliable way of detecting this cancer is through tissue samples. This means of testing is very invasive and painful to the patient; therefore it is used as a last resort. Due to the fact that symptoms are often not noticeable until the later stages of progression, tissue samples are generally taken too late. The goal of this research project is to develop a capillary electrophoresis (CE) technique and apply the technique to detect the presence of breast cancer by using urinary biomarkers. After identifying potential biomarkers, we aim to validate this technique as a means of early detection. The experimental conditions, the current stage of the project, and future experimental designs will be presented at the conference.

Biography

Megan is currently a junior at Missouri S&T. She is majoring in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry and planning on picking up a biology minor. Megan has attended Fort Zumwalt High School here in Missouri and she is expected to graduate from Missouri S&T in the summer of 2013. She has been involved with chemistry orientated organizations such as W.T. Schrenk Society, associated with the American Chemical Society, and Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional fraternity. Megan has also been active with Scrubs, the campus’s premedical organization as well as fencing.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Early Breast Cancer Detection by Quantitative Determination of Potential Biomarkers in Urine Samples Using Capillary Electrophoresis

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Breast cancer is a disease that impacts the majority of the female population in the world. Unfortunately, the most reliable way of detecting this cancer is through tissue samples. This means of testing is very invasive and painful to the patient; therefore it is used as a last resort. Due to the fact that symptoms are often not noticeable until the later stages of progression, tissue samples are generally taken too late. The goal of this research project is to develop a capillary electrophoresis (CE) technique and apply the technique to detect the presence of breast cancer by using urinary biomarkers. After identifying potential biomarkers, we aim to validate this technique as a means of early detection. The experimental conditions, the current stage of the project, and future experimental designs will be presented at the conference.