Posted on July 31, 2017
Grace graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013 (summa cum laude, 4.0) with a B.S. in Biology, Biotechnology concentration, as well as chemistry and anthropology minors. She is currently a 5th year PhD candidate in Kris Wood’s lab at Duke University in the Molecular Cancer Biology program. Her work focuses on utilizing functional genomics approaches to decipher novel vulnerabilities in cancers with intrinsic or acquired resistance to anti-cancer therapies. Her work to date has led to the publication of six peer-reviewed primary research articles (two of which are first author publications) in top-tier journals including Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Cell Reports, and Nature Communications. Grace has been successful in securing competitive funding for fellowships, including the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship at Duke University and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Recently, she received one of the top scores in the nation for the NCI pre to postdoctoral transition fellowship (F99/K00). In addition to these accomplishments, Grace has been recognized with numerous awards from UNCG, Duke, and others, including the Jo Rae Wright Outstanding Women in Science Award (Duke), the Fitzgerald Academic Achievement Award (Duke), and the Student Excellence Award (UNCG). She intends to graduate from Duke University in September 2018 and continue her academic training at a top-tier postdoctoral lab. Ultimately, she hopes to combine her expertise in cancer cell signaling, functional genomics, and hypothesis-driven mechanistic work to secure a tenure-track research faculty position at a top research university. Grace attributes much of her success to the training she received in UNCG’s biology department. She is grateful for the intellectual challenges and support that were given to her by Dr. Steimle, Dr. Kalcounis-Ruppell, Dr. Faeth, and Dr. Cannon.