Maria Belousenko Wins Poster Presentation at Sigma Xi Student Research Day
Maria Belousenko, a BS/MS Biotechnology student in the Department of Bioscience Technologies at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Health Professions (JSHP), won the Master of Science poster presentation at the annual Sigma Xi Research Day at Thomas Jefferson University. Belousenko’s poster, “Human NK Cell Growth: Role of Various Modulating Factors,” was one of 102 posters presented that day. It overviewed developing an optimal protocol that allowed the expansion of Natural Killer (NK) cells to restore their anti-tumor functions and to increase the number of activated NK cells to target cancer cells.
Upon graduation in May 2013, Belousenko hopes to continue working on this topic with the Medical Oncology Department at Jefferson. “This subject is very fascinating to me, with the potential outcome to be utilized for immunotherapy for cancer patients,” said Belousenko. “For me, it is important that the job I’m performing provides the opportunity for advancement, focuses on the development of something that is beneficial for the society and challenges me.”
The Sigma Xi Student Research Day, sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Jefferson Medical College, took place on April 17 at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building. Others representing the Bioscience Technologies department included William Musa, a BS/MS Biotechnology student; Ricsan Nicolas, advanced MS in Medical Lab Science student; and Amira Tibin, BS/MS in Medical Lab Science student.