Breanna Nguyen was recently selected for a 2020 Medical Student Research Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). Her project is titled “Examining the role of TGFβ activating Integrins β6 and β8 in melanoma.” She will be conducting her research year with Dr. Daniel Kaplan, MD, PhD in the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Dermatology and Immunology.
“I am very excited to begin my research year in the Kaplan lab and am thankful for the opportunity provided by the Melanoma Research Foundation. Additionally, the protected research time provided by the PSTP offers a wonderful opportunity to focus on my project full-time.”
Before joining the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and PSTP in June of 2018, Breanna graduated from Williams College in 2016, where she majored in biology and was a 4-year member of the varsity swimming and diving team. She also conducted research at the National Institute of Health as a post-baccalaureate research fellow. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, cooking, watching basketball, and spending time with friends and family.