February 4 is World Cancer Day. Dr. Heather Christensen, asst. professor of biology, teaches cell biology at the Mount. Last summer, she started breast cancer cell culture research with the help of two student researchers and continues it today. Using this system, the students learn how to grow human breast cancer cells in vitro (outside the body), which they can then manipulate in different ways to learn the molecular mechanism that contributes to their growth and division.
Dr. Christensen also organized the “Beautiful Lengths” campaign (with the American Cancer Society and Pantene) and more than 20 people from campus and community came to donate hair. We had more than 200 inches donated which was enough to make 5 wigs for cancer patients!