Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University
336 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Did you know that head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, with an estimated 600,000 cases reported annually, is the sixth most common cancer worldwide? Recent studies have found that the number of head and neck cancers linked to the human papilloma virus (HPV) is rising rapidly. My three-year research project aimed to develop a DNA vaccine that can boost one’s immune response against HPV-associate head and neck cancers by targeting the HPV oncogenic protein E6. This work led me to participate in several scientific conferences in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Montreal, Canada; and Berlin, Germany.