Jeeyun Chung, PhD

Dr. Chung is focusing on the biology of fat storage organelles called lipid droplets (LDs). Many cancer cells are characterized by an increased number of LDs, and this accumulation has been proposed to be pathogenic. Key questions of LD biology remain unanswered, limiting the potential for therapeutic intervention. She will combine various imaging technologies and biochemical approaches to elucidate the molecular architecture of initial LD formation and its regulation.

Caitlin A. Brennan, PhD

Dr. Brennan [Dennis and Marsha Dammerman Fellow] studies colorectal cancer and its connection to the human microbiota--the collection of bacteria and other microbes found associated with the body in both healthy and disease states. One such organism is Fusobacterium nucleatum, a bacterium that is naturally found in the mouths and gastrointestinal tract of healthy individuals.