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Scientific Journal Publishes Article Coauthored by Patrick Mitchell ’06 and Evan Kroh ’05

(l-r) Evan Kroh '05 and Patrick Mitchell '06
(l-r) Evan Kroh '05 and Patrick Mitchell '06

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) recently published “Circulating MicroRNAs as Stable Blood-Based Markers for Cancer Detection” coauthored by Patrick Mitchell ’06 and Evan Kroh ’05. Along with their colleagues, Mitchell and Kroh report on a potentially important new approach for the blood-based detection of human cancer. Their research was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in the lab of Muneesh Tewari.

Patrick Mitchell, a human biology major, has worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the last two-and-a-half years. Evan Kroh, Mitchell’s former Pitzer roommate and close friend, joined him in the lab six months later. Though a French major, Kroh also completed his pre-med requirements while at Pitzer. Both Mitchell and Kroh credit the Joint Science Department and its rigorous curriculum for preparing them to work in a research lab so early in their careers.

Mitchell plans to attend graduate school and earn a PhD in molecular and cellular biology. Kroh is preparing to take the MCAT examination in hopes of attending medical school and becoming a physician.

To read the full text of the scientific paper, published in the July 29, 2008 issue of PNAS, click here.
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