Bethel College Awarded Breast Cancer Research Grant

Bethel College and Dr. Lynne Cary, Ph.D., co-chair of the department of life sciences and assistant professor of biochemistry, are the recipients of an Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Award Grant to investigate drug resistance in human breast cancer cells. The breast cancer research proposal, "Nano-mechanical Profiling of Anti-neoplastic Agents on BRCA1 Expression in Estrogen-responsive and Non-responsive Human Breast and Cervical Epithelial Cell Monolayers," uses an integrated approach of gene expression and whole-cell measurements to examine the properties of cancer cells that are unresponsive to chemotherapeutic drugs. The research project is a collaborative effort of the Bethel College department of life sciences and the University of Notre Dame department of chemical and biomechanical engineering. The award represents the first dedicated research grant awarded to Bethel College in the science department.
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Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.