Diana S. Acevedo is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Acevedo who is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and her master’s degree in microbial and cellular biology from Emporia State University, KS. Acevedo’s current research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of pre-invasive breast cancer, becomes invasive and malignant. Upon finishing her Ph.D., Acevedo hopes to identify key factors involved in signaling and metabolism that play a role in the transition from DCIS to invasive disease. Outside her doctoral work, Acevedo is highly involved with the Latino community, focusing on outreach activities that encourage other women and minorities to pursue science by providing mentorship and research opportunities to highly motivated students. She received the STEMMy Rising Trendsetter in Science Award which celebrates women who are making a difference in STEMM fields in the Kansas City Region. Due to her relentless and diligent work on campus, she recently won the Kellyann Jones- Jamtgaard Commitment to Diversity Award that is given to a student in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to diversity. Acevedo was also awarded the Executive Vice Chancellor’s (EVC) Diversity & Inclusion Award that recognizes significant achievements of individuals who are working to enhance a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community.
Mentor: Nikki Cheng, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine