Ben Arnold, a Tiffin native and Ohio Wesleyan University student has earned a grant to assist in his cancer research.
Arnold, a 2016 Tiffin Columbian High School graduate, earned an OWU Connection grant to support his medical research fellowship, which studied how to make drug treatment more effective for non-small cell lung cancers.
He concluded his summer with a presentation of his work, “Coupled IFNγ and epigenetic treatment may increase K-Ras mutant NSCLC patient sensitivity to immunotherapy.”
“The lab I worked in not only gave me the ability to apply techniques learned in OWU’s classrooms – such as Western blotting, qRT-PCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction), and flow cytometry – to my research on non-small cell lung cancer treatment, but also the opportunity of working on a large interdisciplinary team of M.D.s, Ph.D.s, graduate students, and more,” Arnold said.
“This fellowship has taught me what I’m looking for in my career. Coming from a small town in Ohio, then sticking to what was familiar by choosing OWU, I never thought I’d leave Ohio or enter a big city for my career. …
“My small-town roots will always be a part of who I am, but I wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunities provided by a large institution in an urban setting. … Had I not taken the leap of faith in accepting this fellowship position, I would have never realized this; this experience has molded me into a more well-rounded medical school applicant and diversified my portfolio as an undergraduate student. …”
“Of the nearly 40 summer research programs I applied to earlier this spring, only a handful were cancer fellowships. The only reason I even applied to a handful at all was because oncology sparked my interest after reading Paul Kalanithi’s ‘When Breath Becomes Air,’ where he writes a compassionate autobiography of his battle with cancer and embracing death.
“From this program, I feel even more solidified in pursuing oncology, but have realized from the M.D./Ph.D.s I’ve met that having cancer research is an excellent escape from the trauma and emotional drain that working with cancer patients entails. …”