USF Researcher is awarded the American Physiological Society 2017 Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship

Fourth-year USF undergraduate student Janine DeBlasi was recently awarded the American Physiological Society (APS) 2017 Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship. DeBlasi earned the award for her project related to cancer research. According to the APS “Fellows are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience, and the availability of appropriate faculty members. Fellows must have at least nine months or more of research experience in a lab to be eligible.” DeBlasi’s research examines the effects of vitamin C as a cancer treatment in which vitamin C produces a pro-oxidative effect. According to DeBlasi “When it comes to cancer, increasing oxidative stress can be therapeutic.” Deblasi has also been recognized by the APS for her work in Experimental Biology and is a recipient of the Barbara Horwitz and John Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award.

The APS is a nonprofit devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. For the fellowship, Deblasi spent the summer working with Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology in the Morsani College of Medicine, and a crew member with NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 22 (NEEMO) expedition.

DeBlasi is majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology at the USF College of Arts and Sciences. While working toward her bachelor’s degree. DeBlasi is working as a research assistant for MCOM and has also helped as Topside Mission Support for NEEMO. DeBlasi has also worked as a tutor for the USF Jenkins Scholar Program, and the USF Holcombe Scholars. DeBlasi has also served as GloBull Ambassador for the USF Education Abroad and is a recipient of the Student Research Award bestowed on her by USF Research and Innovation.

By Ercilia Colon, USF Health Communications