Biochemistry, MSc - College of Science, Chemistry Department, California State Polytechnic University, 2007; Chemistry, BSc - School of Physical Sciences, University of California Irvine, 2003
Mario Pulido, MSc, a third-year PhD student in the Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Biology PhD program at USC, is interested in developing early detections tools and innovative treatments for small-cell lung cancer. Mario, who resides in the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, hopes to translate key scientific observations from the bench to patient treatment, supported by the dual mentorship of his principal investigator Ite A. Laird-Offringa, PhD, and collaborating clinical oncologist Stephen Liu, MD. Mario believes that the CTSI TL1 award will provide competencies to properly perform clinical research and to learn about the decision-making process for incorporating basic research findings into the clinic. Mario looks forward to meeting and working with CTSI faculty, staff, and other TL1 and KL2 awardees and is excited to attend the Annual National Pre-doctoral Clinical Meeting at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Mario also enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate and summer students in the lab of Dr. Ite A. Laird-Offringa.