Faculty Mentor: Michelle Ozbun
Department: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Home Institution: University of New Mexico
Research Interests: Signaling Pathways of Cancer
My name is Marilyn Cisneros. I have been raised most of my life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Biology in December of 2015. As a MARC scholar, I was given the opportunity to conduct research for 2 ½ years in Dr. Richard Cripps Lab, where I studied muscle development in Drosophila melanogaster. I transitioned to a new lab at the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Ozbun. I am currently studying how the EGFR signaling pathway regulates the expression of HPV oncogenes E6 and E7 upon contact inhibition of cells. I am also determining how the use of antibody inhibitors targeting specific signaling proteins of the EGFR pathway affects the regulation of the HPV oncogenes E6 and E7. Outside of lab, I like to spend time with my deaf dog named Buddy, my boyfriend, family, and friends. I enjoy watching scary movies, playing soccer and volleyball, as well as spending time outdoors such as hiking.