Radiogenomics, an innovative approach to cancer research, may hold the key to finding a cure and Tim Habboub, ’20, spent his summer immersed in the subject. During an internship with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the number one cancer research center in the country, he learned to read brain scans, operate complex technology and gained vital hands-on experience.
“I love genetics and I want to study it as much as I can,” explains Habboub, who spent his nights waiting tables in order to support himself during the internship. “Who wouldn’t want to contribute to a cure for a disease that kills millions of people every year?”
Unlike traditional cancer research, radiogenomics is almost entirely computer based and there no chemicals involved. Instead of subjecting a patient to a painful biopsy, radiogenomics uses radiology to capture an image of the tumor. Then, with a program called 3D slicer, the tumor is developed into a three-dimensional structure. Ideally, this will allow researchers to study the characteristics of the tumors and provide insight into treatment.
Habboub credits his ability to easily navigate challenging scientific theories to studying at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
“I was able to thoroughly comprehend the themes and topics I encountered at the Center because of my education at CSE,” says Habboub. “My professors motivated me to follow my passion for genetics and pursue this internship.”
Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth