CSG students participate in OSU summer cancer research program
Sarah Sole

Columbus School for Girls students C.C. McLarty ’23 and Isabella Luckage ’23 participated this summer in a program offered through The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Two Columbus School for Girls students this summer had an opportunity to gain first hand experience in medical research by participating in a program offered through The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

C.C. McLarty ’23 and Isabella Luckage ’23 were selected for the Cancer Research Experience for the Advancement and Training of Emerging Scientists (CREATES-HS) Program, an eight-week funded summer research experience for rising high school seniors from underrepresented in medicine backgrounds. 

McLarty and Luckage presented their research to an audience of peers and industry professionals July 29 in the main lecture space of the OSU Biomedical Research Tower. Each had the opportunity to gain real-world experience working in a lab. 

McLarty worked in Dr. Dario Palmieri’s lab in OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Biomedical Research Building in the Gene Editing Shared Resource. The lab creates cutting-edge gene editing technologies for other labs to use in cancer research fields and cell biology and also studies how RNA-binding proteins interact in relation to human cancer. McLarty worked on a project to develop a novel, flexible, and scalable targeted-proteolysis system, a technology that uses an auxin-inducible degron system. She will stay on with the lab for the rest of the year. 

Luckage worked with postdoctoral, PhD students, and physicians to study a specific gene, IWS1, in liposarcoma—a rare type of cancer that develops in fatty tissue. Luckage worked to understand the expression of IWS1 in liposarcoma growth in canines, specifically. 

“Being fully immersed in the lab for eight weeks was an extremely valuable experience that helped me learn more about myself, future career options, and the field of cancer research,” Luckage said. “Additionally, I was able to gain great mentorship from the members of my lab and others and am very thankful for their time and support.” 

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