Massey postdoctoral scholar presents at research colloquium

VCU Massey Cancer Center postdoctoral scholar Upneet Kaur Sokhi, Ph.D., recently presented her research findings at the 41st John C. Forbes Graduate Student Research Colloquium. She was one of nearly a dozen Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to present their research, which ranged from cancer to the neuronal control of appetite. Each student participant provided a short talk on their work and was evaluated by the School of Medicine faculty on the basis of how effectively they communicated their research.

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Massey postdoctoral scholar Upneet Kaur Sokhi, Ph.D., (center) presented her research on cancer gene therapy.

“I am honored to present and talk with people who are not related to my research and to get feedback from faculty and students from other departments,” said Upneet Kaur Sokhi, Ph.D. student in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics. Her research is focused on cancer gene therapy and she works in the laboratory of Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., Thelma Newmeyer Corman Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and program co-leader of Cancer Molecular Genetics at Massey, chairman of VCU’s Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and director of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine.

“This is a great opportunity to share my research with others,” she said.

Other graduate student researchers who participated in the event came from the VCU School of Medicine departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology and Biophysics, Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Health.

The annual event is held in honor of John Campbell Forbes, M.D., an internationally recognized authority on cholesterol-atherosclerosis research and alcoholism. Forbes joined the Medical College of Virginia (now the VCU School of Medicine) in 1927 and served as faculty in the Department of Biochemistry. In 1934, he became the first chairman of the Committee on Graduate Studies.