Wilmot Cancer Researcher Honored as Minority Scholar

Amin Ismail, Ph.D.

Amin Ismail, Ph.D.

Amin Ismail, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scientist at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, was among 50 minority scholars honored at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, April 2-6, 2011.

A native of Alexandria, Egypt, Ismail studied gene function in Canada before coming to the University of Rochester Medical Center to join the lab of Tony E. Godfrey, Ph.D., research associate professor of Surgery, who investigates gene alterations involved in esophageal cancer.

The AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on the latest innovations in basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. The AACR Minority Scholar Award, in its 26th year, provides funding for meritorious, early-career researchers to attend the meeting. Awards are based on professional merit, references from mentors, and qualifications. Funding is provided by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and Merck Oncology.

Ismail earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Alexandria, in Egypt; a master’s degree in biochemistry from Universite Laval, in Quebec City; and a doctorate in experimental medicine at McGill University, also in Canada.

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