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Dr. Roa is an Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist who both trained and was part of the clinical and teaching faculty at the National University of Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). She did postdoctoral research training in the OB/GYN department at Yale University on the role of Aromatase in several developmental systems and diseases. She is an experimental pathologist in the Shroyer/Escobar-Hoyos lab since 2015 to determine the value of keratin 17 (K17) as a prognostic biomarker in several cancer types. She is also a faculty committee member for the research component of pathology residents training program.


Her paper: Keratin 17 identifies and drives the most lethal form of pancreatic cancer, is currently under review. She recently presented this work as an oral presentation at the 2018 American Society for Investigative Pathology meeting in San Diego, CA, and in a poster presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research special annual meeting on pancreatic cancer in Boston, MA. Her work is funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Translational Research grant awarded to the lab in July of this year.

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