Dr. Pamela Rojas de Santiago is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Ovarian Cancer Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Pamela obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Her Masters in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology degrees were obtained from the same Institution. During her Ph.D. training, Pamela focused on the role of the RNA-editing enzyme, ADAR1, in breast cancer.
In 2020, Pamela joined Dr. Ronny Drapkin’s laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, her research is mainly focused on understanding the role of Cellular Retinoic Acid Binding Protein 2 (CRABP2) in ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Ann and Sol Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award will support Dr. Rojas de Santiago in her studies regarding CRABP2 molecular mechanisms associated with cell survival and apoptosis in high-grade ovarian cancer (HGSOC). Her ultimate goal is to find a therapeutic potential for CRABP2 in HGSOC.