Nicole Rossi, B.S., joined the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) in 2020 as a postbaccalaureate fellow in the laboratory of Michael Dean, Ph.D., senior investigator. Ms. Rossi earned her Honors Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in biological sciences and a minor in psychology from the University of Delaware, Newark. As an undergraduate, she performed research in the lab of Dr. Melinda K. Duncan, studying the role of Lactase-Like (LCTL) gene and αVβ8 integrin protein in lens cell homeostasis and onset of posterior capsular opacification (PCO), with the intention of improving cataract therapies.
Ms. Rossi is studying the implications of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in the promotion of tumorigenesis and evasion of immune therapies. She is utilizing a variety of genetic tools and techniques to understand the life cycle of HPV and cervical cancer progression in order to develop more advanced therapies for women affected by the virus, under the mentorship of Dr. Dean.