MCP Graduate Student Koral Campbell Named Rogel Graduate Student Scholar

By Lynn McCain | May 28

CKoral Campbell_sq 500.jpgongratulations to Koral Campbell, Molecular and Cellular Pathology graduate student on being awarded the Rogel Cancer Center’s TrEC Scholarships Graduate Student Scholarship 2024. Koral’s winning application on The Role of High Fat Diet in Clonal Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis earned her a $25,000 award to offset her tuition and fees for 2024. In addition, as a Rogel trainee, she will have priority access to training opportunities and additional scholarships.

Koral is being mentored by Dr. Qing Li from the Department of Internal Medicine and Dr. Andrew Muntean, from the Department of Pathology. Koral described her project, “Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are responsible for producing all the mature blood in the body, such as red blood cells and immune cells. As they age, they can develop harmful changes, called mutations. Even when there are no obvious signs of disease, these mutations can increase the risk of developing a subtype of blood cancers, called myeloid leukemias. This is a condition called clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP). CHIP is a pre-leukemic state, when patients are more likely to develop leukemia, which lack curative treatment options. Little is known about the transformation from CHIP to hematologic malignancy. TET2 is gene that is commonly mutated in CHIP patients; our studies will investigate how inflammatory and metabolic stress accelerate disease progression from the pre-leukemic state of CHIP to a myeloid leukemia in Tet2 deficient models.”

Congratulations on the award, Koral! We are looking forward to announcing the publication of your research results in the future.