2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: anonymous donor
Mentor: Yoon-Jae Cho, Assistant Professor of Neurology   

Brianna is a rising junior. As a biology major, her interests lie in oncology and neuroscience. This summer in the Cho lab, she is investigating the effectiveness of optogenetic techniques in reducing tumor proliferation in medulloblastoma cells. In her free time, she enjoys watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing card games, and making music on her ukulele.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

Tumor Suppressive Effects of Optogenetic and Pharmacological Stimulation in Medulloblastoma Cells

Brianna Balansay1, Yujie Tang1, Brian Nguyen1, Simone Schubert1, James M. Cook3, Sundari Rallapalli3, Frances Jensen2, Yoon-Jae Cho1
[Department of Neurology1, Stanford University; Children's Hospital Boston2; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee3]