Twenty-Two Year Old Latina Working on Anti-Cancer Drugs


CSUF biochemistry major Stacy Guzman won the 2018 Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology for using synthetic organic chemistry to develop small organic molecules that are potent anti-cancer drugs. 

"It's rewarding because our research could have therapeutic relevance. There are currently no FDA-approved drugs on the market that are similar to our work," said Guzman, who works alongside Peter de Lijser, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemisty. "Our goal is to potentially develop a new drug treatment, which follows a targeted-therapy approach for various advanced cancers that is less toxic and more successful," she added.

You can watch the interview on Univision or read the article in the Orange County Register.

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