Promising Young Scientists

Promising Young Scientist: Sophia Gibson Intends to Work in the ‘Computational Space,’ Without ‘Leaving the Bench Behind’

January 16, 2024 | by BBI Communications

Dr. Lea Starita: 'She probes difficult genetics questions from all sides and does not stop exploring possible answers until she’s confident she’s right.'

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Promising Young Scientist: Sam Smukowski Integrates Genetics and Philosophy on a Journey Studying Neurodegenerative Disease

November 01, 2023 | by BBI Communications

‘Sam has made some profound insights into our understanding of the molecular contributions to Alzheimer’s Disease’

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Promising Young Scientist: Meg Lunn-Halbert has a ‘Combination of Skills (that) Go a Long Way in Science’

September 20, 2023 | by BBI Communications

“Cancer affects everyone in the family. I’ve experienced this first-hand. Volunteering alongside a family with a child undergoing cancer treatment is a way for me to give a small sense of normalcy to those who are grieving.”

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Promising Young Scientist: Manith Atapattu has a ‘Genuine Enthusiasm for Solving Problems’

August 31, 2023 | by BBI Communications

Manith Atapattu last spring observed something quite different: doctors making “house calls” to patients’ homes.

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BBI and IPD Engage High School Students in Summer STEM Camp

August 31, 2023 | by BBI Communications

‘Reminded me of seeing myself getting interested in science for the first time”

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Honorable Pursuits: BBI Interns Set Their Sights on Careers of Compassion

August 02, 2023 | by BBI Communications

Every summer, BBI sponsors interns at its three institutions – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Here are profiles of their lives and future livelihoods.

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Promising Young Scientist: From Bangkok to Seattle, Nuttada Panpradist is a Profile in Courage

June 29, 2023 | by BBI Communications

‘Hard work and perseverance can allow you to reach your goals’

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Promising Young Scientist: Emma Wrenn’s ‘Commitment to Discovering and Advancing Truth’ Matched Only by a Desire to Help Cancer Patients

June 01, 2023 | by BBI Communications

“Emma’s relentless curiosity and commitment to scientific rigor are two of her greatest strengths.” BBI’s Dr. Elizabeth Lawlor

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Promising Young Scientist: M.D.-Ph.D. Student Nick Popp Combines Determination, Communications, and Compassion to Remove ‘Insurmountable Roadblocks’

April 17, 2023 | by BBI Communications

Nick Popp became an advocate for himself before he understood the meaning of the word.

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Promising Young Scientist: Samantha Schuster’s ‘Goal-Oriented Grit’ Likely will Serve Her Well in the Biotech Sector

March 21, 2023 | by BBI Communications

Since arriving in Seattle in 2017, Samantha Schuster has demonstrated those professional characteristics – and more – in her graduate work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

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Promising Young Scientist: Mentors at Pivotal Times Inspire Mitchell Vollger, an ‘Exceptionally Talented Computational Biologist’

February 28, 2023 | by BBI Communications

'Mitchell takes problems that may have been solved in the past in a very specific way and he takes a very different approach to deal with them in a much more efficient way.' Dr. Evan Eichler

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Promising Young Scientist: An Invaluable Guiding Principle Leads Jenny Nathans to UW’s MD-PhD Program

January 18, 2023 | by BBI Communications

Jenny Nathans devoted more than two years to kicking many tires at the National Institutes of Health before arriving at the UW in 2020

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Promising Young Scientist: Seattle Children’s Dana Jensen has Come Full Circle

December 16, 2022 | by BBI Communications

A ‘model scientist’ at age 28 with a Bachelor’s Degree

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Promising Young Scientist: For Sander Frank, Cancer Research is a Calling

November 29, 2022 | by BBI Communications

For some researchers, their work is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. For Sander Frank, it is a calling.

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Promising Young Scientist Sam Regalado: Inspired by a Desire to Advance Opportunities for People of Diverse Cultures

November 03, 2022 | by BBI Communications

‘The best science is that done in a multi-disciplinary manner’

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Promising Young Scientist Aleena Arakaki: Helping Address Systemic Health Inequities and Uplifting Marginalized Communities Through an Hawaiian Perspective

September 12, 2022 | by BBI Communications

Many 12-year-olds focus on sports, the latest video-sharing platform, and wonder how to navigate peer-pressure in middle school. For Aleena Arakaki, the emergence into adolescence was an overwhelming and tragic introduction into the mortality of cancer.

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BBI Interns Committed to Using Science to Improving People’s Lives as Future Researchers or Physicians – or Both

August 08, 2022 | by BBI Communications

One was the valedictorian of her high school class, in a Los Angeles County public school that did not have a college counselor. Another is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. And the third is fluent in Akan, the most widely spoken indigenous language in Ghana, West Africa.

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Promising Young Scientist Anna-Lisa Doebley: A Penchant for Solving Puzzles Leads to A Passion for Identifying Cancer Subtypes

July 20, 2022 | by BBI Communications

What are three characteristics necessary to identify subtypes of cancer from cell-free DNA? The ability to solve difficult genetic computational problems, a high level of enthusiasm for translational cancer research, and a passion for improving the outcomes for cancer patients.

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Promising Young Scientist Florence Chardon: ‘Determined and Focused’ on Overcoming Challenges in Genomics

June 21, 2022 | by BBI Communications

Florence Chardon’s introduction to scientific concepts started when she was old enough to understand dinnertime conversations with her parents and two older sisters. Her mother and father, both European physicists, would hold court usually on one of two topics: science or world politics.

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