UK IGERT Melissa Howard

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Melissa Howard graduated summa cum laude from Asbury College in May 2007 with a degree in biochemistry. While there, she served as president of the Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society, captain of the intercollegiate volleyball team, and as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences under the direction of IGERT advisors, Dr. Michael Jay and Dr. Thomas Dziubla. Her project centers around the development of PEGylated dual-imaging therapeutic nanovectors for cancer therapies with the long-term goal of functionalizing the nanovectors so as to make them responsive to the tumor microenvironment.