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Getting Out of Their Comfort Zone

By Ashley Rizzardo

The population of Guyana, a small country on South America’s northern coast, stands at around 800,000. The population of the country’s capital, Georgetown, is about 240,000, or 300,000 in the surrounding metro area. The city is home to one of the country’s few hospitals, Georgetown Public Hospital. Experts in specialties such as urology are scarce — you can count the number on one hand. Read more

Harnessing the Power of the Immune System

By Katherine Dvorak

The future of cancer research, in the opinion of Katherine Chiappinelli, PhD, at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), centers on combining immunotherapy with other treatments. Pairing immunology with epigenetics, the study of changes in organisms caused by modifications to gene expression, she seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind epigenetic control of immune signaling in cancer cells. Read more

Turning Up the Volume on Research

Strategic hires, core labs, and research support programs help boost the research enterprise

Alberto Bosque, PhD, MBA, was at a crossroads. He’d moved from his Spanish homeland to the United States to complete a postdoctoral fellowship, and he’d started to fulfill one of his life’s wishes: having his own lab.

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

“That has always been one of those dreams, [but] I didn’t know where [my lab] was going to be, whether I was going to continue in the States, whether I was going to go back to Spain,” recalls Bosque, whose research focus is HIV/AIDS. “The opportunities that I have in the States are exceptional, and I decided to stay here.” Read more