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Medical Scientist Training Program

Melissa Anfinson_Academic Profile

Melissa Anfinson

G2 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Aoy Mitchell, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BA, Chemistry - Chemical Biology, College of St. Benedict, 2015

Research Interests

Human genetics and pediatric disorders

Research Experience

Yale University, 2015-2016
Advisor: Dr. Lynne Regan
Project: In vitro examination of heat shock factor 1 activation in EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer following HSP90 inhibition

College of St. Benedict, 2014-2015
Advisor: Dr. Rachel Hutcheson
Project: Investigating uncharacterized radical S-adenosylmethionine enzymes

Meeting Abstracts

M Quintanilla, A Knutson, K Pundsack, E Boysen, B Kor, M Reagan. Use of decongestants may disrupt cell signaling pathways that control Tbx gene expression, leading to Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Oral and Poster Presentation at Mayo Clinic IMPACT Symposium. Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, Rochester, MN. February 2015.

ML Quintanilla, KL Mathewson, R Jones, KW Olsen. Synthesis of folate-targeted protein-based photodynamic therapy agents. Poster Presentation. Poster Presentation at Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference. Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL. October 2013.

General Interests

Running, cooking, dogs, crafts, outdoors