Gabriella Baraks

Gabriella is an undergraduate biomedical engineering student at Stony Brook University in the class of 2022. Upon graduating, she plans to pursue an MD/PhD. Gabriella joined the laboratory in October of 2019. At that time, she worked alongside one of our graduate students, Chun Hao Pan, to identify a therapeutic opportunity that could overcome chemoresistance in cancer by testing drugs to determine specificity for K17 expressing pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. When her time in the lab was cut short last spring by the COVID-19 lockdown, Gabriella shifted gears to pursue in silico studies related to gene expression in pancreatic cancer. She received the SASS Foundation Award for Medical Research to continue her work during the summer of 2020, writing a paper which addresses the mechanisms through which K17 drives tumor aggression as a first author