Undergrad is first Coug to win cancer research award

Brianna-Berg-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Junior undergraduate researcher Brianna Berg is the first Washington State University student – and one of 10 students nationwide – to be selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the annual Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award.

The two-year award promotes education and training of exceptional next-generation scientists and helps them develop their potentials as future cancer researchers.

Berg works on research in the laboratory of Jonel Saludes, Department of Chemistry (http://www.saludeslab.org/), that could lead to development of agents to diagnose and treat cancer. More specifically, she investigates part of a biomarker protein that is highly expressed in prostate cancer.

She will present her research, which is co-authored by graduate student Brandan Cook in collaboration with professor Cliff Berkman, at the AACR annual meeting in San Diego in April.

An Honors College biochemistry and chemistry major, Berg is a WSU Auvil Research Awardee, a Boeing Cyber Grant Scholar and president of the WSU Chemistry Club.

AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional association of cancer researchers that focuses on basic, clinical and translational cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration.