Doctoral student examines role of protein TTK in breast cancer

The decision to pursue a PhD is not for the faint of heart. Students who choose the doctoral pathway possess a consuming desire to discover the unexpected and create new knowledge. It is a journey that requires years of dedication, perseverance and intense intellectual rigor. For 2018 graduate Jamie King, the spark was lit during her time as an undergraduate at North Carolina A&T State University.

Under the advisement and mentorship of professors Jin-Tang Dong and Harold Saavedra, King embarked on a research project that led her to less explored areas of cancer research, culminating in her dissertation, “Roles of TTK Kinase in Breast Cancer Tumorigenesis.” Dr. Dong is a faculty member in the CB and GMB programs.

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