Clarkson sophmore to participate in Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at Gerstner Sloan-Kettering
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 2:19 pm

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University sophomore Martin W. LaFleur of Potsdam has been selected to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

LaFleur, a biomolecular science and biology double major, is one of only 24 students from around the nation chosen for this intensive, ten-week program.

LaFleur's career goal is to become an oncology researcher. "This provides the perfect environment and opportunity for me to take a large step toward my goal of someday doing cancer research as a career," he says.

As part of the fellowship program, he will have an opportunity to work alongside a prominent cancer researcher and obtain hands-on experience in cutting-edge biomedical research. Specific focuses for the fellowship participants include cell-cell interactions, drug development, and tumor immunology.

LaFleur already has extensive lab experience at Clarkson working with Biomolecular Science Professor Costel Darie to find novel prostate cancer biomarkers. He is also currently investigating the effect the tumor differentiation factor protein has on MCF7 breast cancer cells.

He is also a tutor for biology, chemistry, and calculus, and an undergraduate teaching assistant in a general chemistry laboratory.