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

Third-year USF researcher and graduate 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 Horowitz and John Horowitz Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award.

The APS is a nonprofit organization whose goal it is to advance the knowledge of physics with scientific meetings, preeminent research journals, advocacy, international outreach, and education. Deblasi is currently spending the fellowship 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 Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). While working toward her bachelors degree. DeBlasi was working as a research assistant for MCOM before starting as Topside Mission Support for NEEMO. DeBlasi has also worked as a tutor for the Jenkins’s 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