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. She received a B.S. (2010) in biology from Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, and a master’s(2012) in microbial and cellular biology from Emporia State University. Her current research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of pre-invasive breast cancer becomes invasive and malignant. Diana is uniquely characterized by her involvement with the Latino community with her efforts to participate and promote STEMM outreach activities that encourage other women, minorities, and mothers to pursue science as an attainable career by action and example. Acevedo’s motto is “Science without service is just science fiction”. For that reason, her motivation is centered upon mentoring and providing research and professional development opportunities to highly motivated students that are interested in biomedical research.
Mentor: Nikki Cheng, Associate Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine