Jeanne Louderbough Class of 1983 return to list >
Working to conquer cancer
Escuela alumna (one of the first to complete the elementary program here) Jeanne Louderbough is a graduate student at the University of Arizona's Cancer Center. Pursuing a PhD, Jeanne is working on the molecular biology of breast cancer metastasis (spreading or growth of the cancer to a secondary site). Currently, she is investigating how a cell's environment influences its ability to travel throughout the body to accomplish metastasis. Recently she found that the substrate used to study cells in a laboratory directly influences the cell's ability to accomplish metastasis and is currently working to understand the mechanism behind this. She will be presenting her research this October at the International Conference on Tumor Microenvironment in Versailles, France.
This is a photo of a human breast cancer cell, taken with a scanning electron microscope. The photo demonstrates the dynamic interaction between a cell and its environment:
Jeanne sent Escuela the following interesting photos to show our Elementary students for their biology studies:
This is a lobe of a Drisophila (fruit fly) brain:
..and this second photo shows a larval brain undergoing cell division in the stem cells of the brain (stained red). The green stain shows chromosomes that are separating during a process of cell division known as mitosis.