Acevedo is a 2017 – 2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This Bogotá, Colombia native, received a B.S. (2010) in Biology from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and a M.Sci. in Microbial and Cellular Biology from Emporia State University. Her research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms by which ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of pre-invasive breast cancer becomes malignant. On August 2016, she was awarded an NIH administrative Diversity Supplement which is the foundation of her Ph.D. dissertation. She is involved in the community by participating in STEM outreach activities that encourage other women and minorities in science by providing research mentoring opportunities. Upon finishing her Ph.D. Diana hopes to identify key factors that play a role in the transition from DCIS to invasive disease to potentially develop a molecular based approach that could predict the risk of IDC and a more personalized approach to treat DCIS.
Mentor: Nikki Cheng, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine