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.
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010