Dare to Discover banner campaign recognizes Jordan Kohlmeyer

Jordan Kohlmeyer, PhD student, Molecular Medicine Graduate Progream, Dawn Quelle Laboratory

Fights cancer

Jordan is one of 42 outstanding University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students featured in the Dare to Discover banner campaign, launching today in downtown Iowa City.  The campaign recognizes students' important contributions to research, scholarship, and discovery at the University of Iowa.

Jordan's Personal Biography:

  • Degree Program and Anticipated Graduation Date:  Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, May 2021
  • Description of research:  My research explores the role of a new cancer gene, RABL6A, in the development of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), an aggressive and deadly sarcoma in children and adults. Our goal is to better understand MPNST biology in order to identify novel therapies for these patients.
  • In simple terms, why this research matters:  The 5-year survival rate for MPNST patients is poor with the only known cure for MPNSTs is complete surgical resection. Unfortunately, many tumors are non-resectable due to their location (surrounding nerves) and/or large size. Additionally, there are no effective drug therapies. Our research aims to discover new, targeted therapies to treat these cancers.
  • Career goals and/or plans after graduation:  I am considering a career in biomedical research in either the academic or industry setting with the hope of staying in the Midwest.
  • Hometown:  Millersburg, IA
  • Mentor:  Dawn Quelle, PhD

Many of these research contributions have the potential to impact the lives of everyday Iowans.

“These students represent the next generation of big thinkers, explorers, innovators, and makers,” said John Keller, Interim Vice President for Research. “Students conduct remarkable research and scholarship at the University of Iowa. We are proud to celebrate their achievements through this campaign, which seeks to increase the visibility of scientists and scholars in our downtown community.”

Details about each of the 42 featured students are available at http://dare.research.uiowa.edu


Thursday, January 17, 2019