Emily Kolyvas


Research Interests



BS, 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Experiences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2014
Advisor: Dr. Marni Boppart
Project; Investigating the α7 integrin and mesenchymal stem cells as therapeutic targets in the prevention of age-related maladaptive changes observed in skeletal muscle tissue.

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute
Advisors: Dr. Christine Alewine and Dr. Ira Pastan
Projects: Evaluating the synergistic anti-tumor activity of recombinant immunotoxins in combination with taxanes; Affinity maturation of a novel antibody to make a new recombinant immunotoxin


Mesothelin-targeted immunotoxin RG7787 has synergistic anti-tumor activity when combined with taxanes.

Protection of the Furin Cleavage Site in Low-Toxicity Immunotoxins Based on Pseudomonas Exotoxin A.

Meeting Abstracts

Kolyvas EA, Pastan I, Alewine C. Co-treatment of taxane with mesothelin targeted immunotoxin improves pancreatic cancer cell killing. NIH Research Festival, September 2015.


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