Photo of Stanford student and Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant Keely Fuller.
2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Sharon Pitteri, Radiology

“Proteins in Interstitial Fluid for Distinguishing Benign from Malignant Breast Tumors”

Screening mammography, currently the most widely-used tool for early breast cancer detection, faces the major challenge of a high false positive rate. A more sensitive biomarker may be found through the proteomic analysis of interstitial fluid from women with mammography-detected lesions. Keely will conduct these proteomic analyses and pairwise comparisons of interstitial fluid collected from both breasts of women with a suspicious finding on a mammogram, to aid in the discovery of a novel biomarker for the early detection of breast cancer.