WSU-PDA Spotlight Seminar December 2017

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Hello Postdoc Fellows,

Please come and join us for our 1st Spotlight Meeting! This month, we are excited to have Drs. Chitra Thakur and Jennifer Gómez presenting their research. Please see below for more information and RSVP by 12-14-17. Hope to see you all there! 

Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm

Location: Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Rm 3105 (259 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201)

Dr. Chitra Thakur:

Dr. Chitra Thakur is a Research Associate working on the mineral dust-induced gene (mdig) and its implication in human cancers especially on the cancers of the lung and breast. Her studies on knockout mice for mdig gene revealed critical roles of mdig on immune cells, including macrophages, T helper cells 17 and T regulatory cells, in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis in response to silica exposure. In breast cancer, her studies suggested that increased expression of mdig is a poor prognostic factor for the overall survival of breast cancer patients. Currently, she is expanding her research in deciphering the role of mdig in the epigenetic regulation of breast cancer metastasis. 

Apart from research, she is actively involved in serving in various leadership roles such as the chair of the professional development committee (2015-2016) and the vice chair of the WSU-PDA (2015-2017). 

She is being mentored by Dr. Fei Chen, Professor with expertise on toxicology and carcinogenesis in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the EACPHS. She credits her achievements and a bright research career ahead, to her mentor who has been a strong pillar of support and established her as an independent researcher during her postdoctoral training phase. With expertise in molecular oncology, transgenic mice technology, cell culture, and biochemistry, she is looking forward to continuing her career in academia.


Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez:

Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2017 from University of Oregon. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Wayne State University Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) Program, researching trauma in minority middle and late adolescents at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals, books, scholarly newsletters, and newspapers. She is the recipient of the American Psychology Association Division 56 Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology, with her work being funded by the National Academy of Sciences through the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program. In her talk, Spotlight on Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory, she will discuss cultural betrayal trauma theory, which she developed to examine violence victimization in minority populations.


Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 3105

For more information about this event, please contact Veronica Chiu at 313-576-4455 or

Submissions for this form have closed on December 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm.