Department of Cancer Biology
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Kathryn Becker is an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Department of Cancer Biology at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed her undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Michigan where she studied cultural anthropology and biochemistry, and spent several years researching adult neurogenesis in the lab of Dr. Jack Parent. Kathryn went on to participate in the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she received program honors for her project investigating Ras mutation in embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma with Dr. Mark Hatley. Kathryn is currently completing the Ph.D. portion of her training in the lab of Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann. Her dissertation research examines how mDia formins contribute to the structural integrity of glioblastoma tumor microtubes and how that contribution impacts glioblastoma invasion and therapy resistance. Kathryn also works closely with UT clinical neurosurgery faculty to maintain and grow the University of Toledo brain tumor biobank. She has been recognized with several University scholarships and awards for her achievements and productivity as a graduate student. Kathryn will complete her dual degree training in 2024 and is currently interested in a career as a physician-scientist in academic neurosurgery.