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 with Biochemical Emphasis

Research Advisor

Ma, Yinfa

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Funding Source

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

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 a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her studies are in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis and she is involved with organizations such as Phi Sigma Pi, a national honors fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity, and Scrubs, the campus premed organization. Megan's goals are to attend Duke University School of Medicine and become a pediatric oncologist.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 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.