Samuel Baker - 2008-2009 Bernice Goldblatt Scholar
2008 - 2009 Bernice Goldblatt Scholar
I specialize in cancer genetics and study how the regulation of gene expression changes during malignant transformation—the process by which cells acquire behaviors associated with cancer.
I greatly appreciate the generous funding provided by the Goldblatt family. I would not have been able to attend graduate school if their support had not been available to me. I have known that I wanted to pursue graduate studies in science from a very young age and it is immensely fulfilling to have the opportunity to study cancer biology at the University of Chicago. There are so many programs at the University that are supported by philanthropy and these programs help create a rich environment for study. I specialize in cancer genetics, and I study how the regulation of gene expression changes during malignant transformation. It is the process by which cells acquire behaviors associated with cancer. I plan to continue studying cancer after I graduate, in part, because emerging technologies are allowing researchers to ask and answer research questions that were believed to be impossible to address just a few years ago.
I would also like to say that it was a great pleasure to meet so many members of the Goldblatt family at the luncheon last year. It was the first luncheon that I had attended and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to thank members of the family in person for their generous support.
The Cancer Research Foundation has focused attention on cancer and raised money for life-giving research. We...pay tribute to the scientists who have dedicated themselves to finding a cure and to meet the young researchers who are the next generation of fighters against this disease. The message we send today is that those who suffer from cancer are not alone and that together we can work toward a solution."Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago
May 20, 1997