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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

Students Participate in Cancer Research Workshop

Julia, Elizabeth and Madison joined Dr. Nancy Liu-Sullivan at the College of Staten Island in her authentic research based study in the use of antibiotics to slow the metastasis of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumors. They were given the opportunity to culture cells, conduct dose response studies, fix and stain cells, and operate fluorescent microscopes to test the effects a variety of antibiotics on GBM cells.  

Julia was glad she could participate in such important research at such a young age.  “We learned proper lab techniques and got to photograph, test, and work with actual cancer cells, which was quite unique for a 16-year-old like myself at the time.” 

This opportunity has allowed these young women to explore the medical field beyond the classroom.  Elizabeth plans on taking what she has learned and applying it to her future endeavors.  “I am so grateful for this program because I am aware that I can use my experience and newfound knowledge to truly add to the college program I choose, and my field later in life.”  If she chooses to pursue medical research in her future, she will be a dedicated member of her team. 


Their work was recently published in the SI Cancer Education & Research Workshop Newsletter, which is linked below. They hope to take what they have learned in the workshop and pursue a career in the medical field.  Julia hopes to work in pediatric cardiology.  “This program definitely solidified my goal to pursue medicine, and made me more comfortable with lab work that I will have to do for most of my career.” 

Julia’s experience has helped immensely and hopes to see others participate as well.   “I would definitely recommend this program to any student interested in science, especially medicine, and hope that more Hill girls participate this summer!