Amber Amparo successfully defended her senior honors thesis “Targeting mitochondrial function as a therapeutic approach for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma” on Monday, April 3rd.

This thesis is a culmination of her undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Channing Der and under the mentorship of Dr. Kristina Drizyte-Miller. Amber received the highest honors distinction from her thesis and the Brantley Award for excellence in molecular, cell, and developmental biology research.

She also received Gump Family Undergraduate Research Award administered by Honors Carolina for her research. Amber was grateful to have had many members of the Der/Cox/Bryant Lab Supergroup, her biology faculty sponsor, Dr. Mark Peifer, and other faculty of the biology department in attendance for her thesis presentation.

About Amber:

Amber is graduating this Spring, 2023, with a BSPH in Biostatistics from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, a BS in Biology from UNC College of Arts & Sciences, and a minor in Chemistry. Soon after, she will present her research at the ASPET 2023 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, on an ASPET Travel Award.

This summer, she will join the lab of Dr. Andrew Waters as a research associate at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Meanwhile, she will apply to MD/Ph.D. programs. Congratulations Amber!

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