Hear Molly Tell You Why She Loves What She Does

Hear Molly Tell You Why She Loves What She Does

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National Institute of dental and
craniofacial research what I’m looking at is oral cancer specifically of the
town so I’m doing experiments on oral cancer and with oral cancer though so I
originally from outside of Wichita Kansas a pretty rural area and when I
graduated high school there are only forty kids in my graduating class so for
my family aspect I actually don’t have anyone in dentistry one of the first or
the first if my immediate family my sister lives in San Francisco she’s an
attorney my brother its owners my mother is an education and my dad is CEO of
electrical contracting company so we are all over the place but I have had
nothing but support from my family to pursue higher education so when I
graduated I moved to Missouri where I went to undergrad at Drew University and
after graduating moved to San Francisco I went to the University of California
San Francisco School of Dentistry and I got tied into research because during
undergrad I knew I was interested in doing something hands on craniofacial
development so I moved to Kansas City for my summers during undergrad and did
research at Stowers Institute have taken a part of a program which is the NIH
Medical Research Scholars Program where I take a year off between my 3rd and 4th
year cool and I’ve chosen to work in the NIDCR in the Ken Yamada’s Lab and do research on oral cancer. It’s absolutely
fantastic I’ve had a great time not only interacting with the medical students
other donaldson’s and there’s even a vet student here who’s part of our program. So I had
a great time not only living on the NIH campus interacting with the students and
then having opportunity to be a part of the lab for a full year on a day-to-day
basis of my love stuff is surrounding me I’ll come in in the morning and write
out what experiment I want to run with my oral cancer cells and all move
forward in setting up those experiments and monitor them throughout the week or
even into the weekend whenever I want to run them and each day I’m checking on my
oral cancer cells and maintaining where they’re at relative to my experiment so
specifically the invasion and metastasis of oral cancer so I’m hoping to stop the
invasion and metastasis but setting up experiments in which these cells are
running and I have to check you out here in the lab are not only doing research
on oral cancer they’re doing research on wound healing
and looking at those which are called fiberglass so these cells they’re
looking at understanding different pressures seeing how this feels really
interact so we’re on the very first level of understanding the science so
oral cancer according to the MCI and in 2014 their estimated 42,000 cases in the
united states and over 8,000 and so this is something that we can diagnosed early
and hopefully treat but there’s not a cure for cancer so it’s something that
we need to pursue and hopefully find an answer for in 15 20 years for oral
cancer I’m saying that there’s going to be a treatment that there will be no
recurrence of cancer there will be an aspect of someone has a legion somewhere
in their oral cavity it’s diagnosed and then the patient has a treatment in
which they’ll be given that treatment and will have the oral cancer come back
the reason this is the best job in the world is that you get to be on the verge
of new knowledge you get to reach out to anything any idea that you have you get
to look for it and find new cures help patients there there isn’t a better way
to do that

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