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03-18-2011

Clarkson University Sophomore Awarded Summer Fellowship at World Acclaimed Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center

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Clarkson University sophomore Martin W. LaFleur of Potsdam, N.Y., has been selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Martin LaFleurLaFleur, a biomolecular science and biology double major, is one of only 24 students from around the nation chosen for this intensive, ten-week program.

LaFleur’s career goal is to become an oncology researcher. “This provides the perfect environment and opportunity for me to take a large step toward my goal of someday doing cancer research as a career,” he says.

As part of the fellowship program, he will have an opportunity to work alongside a prominent cancer researcher and obtain hands-on experience in cutting-edge biomedical research. Specific focuses for the fellowship participants include cell-cell interactions, drug development, and tumor immunology. 

LaFleur already has extensive lab experience at Clarkson working with Biomolecular Science Professor Costel Darie to find novel prostate cancer biomarkers. He is also currently investigating the effect the tumor differentiation factor protein has on MCF7 breast cancer cells. 

He is also a tutor for biology, chemistry, and calculus, and an undergraduate teaching assistant in a general chemistry laboratory. 

LaFleur is not the first Clarkson student to participate in the summer cancer research program at the Sloan-Kettering Institute. Adam Searleman ’06 was also awarded this honor as an undergraduate at Clarkson. He is currently enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Sr., a member of the Clarkson University board of trustees, is an oncologist and hematologist at Sloan-Kettering. He has been researching cancer for more than 50 years.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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