ORU Student Receives Portz Fellowship

ORU Student Selected for Prestigious Portz Fellowship

By Sierra Quant

Oral Roberts University student Julianna Sherman received a 2015 Portz Fellowship based on her study of breast cancer cells. Her research has potential to reveal new treatments for individuals with breast cancer. Sherman competed against undergraduate students from honors programs and colleges across the United States.

Sherman's project is titled, "Regulation of Yes-Associated Proteins by Angiomotin in Mammary Epithelial Cells." Her project researches "triple negative" breast cancer, which currently has no drug therapy. The project will incorporate traditional biochemical techniques with advanced 3D modeling.

"Molecular research like this is just essentially searching for the fingerprints of God," said biology major Julianna Sherman. "I believe this project has the capacity to help us better understand the Creator, as well as the biological process of cancer progression which, in turn, can bring healing to people around the world."

A $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to Sherman as she proceeds to research during the 15-month fellowship. Sherman will be mentored at ORU by Assistant Professor of Biology William Ranahan during the process.

Sherman will present at the National Collegiate Honor Council Annual Conference in November. Her final results will be presented in April 2016.

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