Undergraduate Researcher Receives Prestigious Recognition From NACB


Dennis O'Rourke (center), Dr. Brian Liu (back right), and Brigham and Women's Researchers

Dennis O’Rourke, a fourth-year student at Northeastern University in Boston, received an NACB distinguished abstract award and did an oral presentation at this year’s AACC Annual Meeting in Anaheim.  Dennis’s mentor is Dr. Brian Liu. Northeastern University has a five-year undergraduate co-op program, which gives students the opportunity to be matched with researchers who have similar interests. Co-op participants work approximately 40 hours per week in the laboratory.

Dennis conducts his research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—on ovarian, prostate, and breast cancers. His research looks for specific interactions of antibodies in patients with cancer and proteins associated with known cancer lines. Dr. Brian Liu’s research focuses on the use of state-of-the-art proteomics approaches to identify biologically relevant autoantigens and their interactomes as theranostic targets.

Prior to this year, Dennis was not aware that AACC and NACB accepted abstracts from student researchers, and it was at the urging of his mentor, Dr Liu, he decided to submit his research. Dennis was honored to receive an NACB distinguished abstract award and plans to submit another abstract for the July 2011 meeting in Atlanta.

If you would like to learn more about Dennis and his research, Northeastern University recognized Dennis further by writing about his NACB award in a short article. Or listen to a short interview (Quicktime format / Windows Media Player format) with Dennis about his research.

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