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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Hayley A. Sowards joined the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) as a postbaccalaureate fellow in the laboratory of Kevin M. Brown, Ph.D., in 2019. She graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe, in May of 2019 with degrees in psychology and biology. During her undergraduate education, she completed an honors thesis under Drs. Mary Davis and Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant. Their work explored computer coded emotions during a parent/child dyadic interaction and whether the interaction was related to parental pain catastrophizing and predicted child chronic pain. Ms. Sowards also worked with Drs. Matt Huentelman and Candace Lewis on projects focused on early life stress and the epigenetic regulation of stress and immune related genes at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix.

Ms. Sowards is working to functionally analyze loci associated with melanoma in familial and genome-wide association studies, under the mentorship of Dr. Brown.