Munjal Pandya

Mentor: Dr. George Aslanidi
College of Medicine
 
"One of my most important goals during my undergraduate career has been to do my part to help better the lives of others through medicine-related research. When given the opportunity to do research on cancer, I was ecstatic to finally be able achieve this goal. I became excited to know that each minute spent in the lab meant one step closer to putting an end to cancer."

Major

Interdisciplinary Studies in Biology and Medicine

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Gene Therapy
  • Cancer
  • Immunotherapy

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program (2014-present)
  • Junior Honors Medical Program (2014-present))
  • President's Honor Roll (2013)

Organizations

  • UF Donate Life
  • Streetlight

Volunteer

  • Streetlight
  • GSA Topsoccer
  • UF Health Emergency Department

Hobbies and Interests

  • Basketball
  • Origami
  • Tennis
  • Traveling

Research Description

The Utilization of Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Vectors for Use In the Immunotherapy of Prostate Cancer
In my research project, I will test the hypothesis that the injection of AAV vector expressing tumor-specific antigen (PAP) can trigger an immune response and suppress tumor growth in mice. Successful inhibition of tumor growth in this artificial animal model would set the stage for potential clinical application.