Dr. Shariska Petersen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Translational Research in Ovarian Cancer Laboratory at the University of Kansas Cancer Center and the first Gynecologic Oncology Fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, where she conducted research on high-throughput protein kinase assays. She then completed a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute where she studied cell trafficking and clathrin-independent endocytosis. She matriculated to the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine and completed her research thesis in cancer health disparities. During medical school, she received the American Medical Association’s Minority Scholar Award and scholarships from National Medical Fellowships, Inc. Dr. Petersen completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University Program, where she received awards for scholarly activity and best practices in the art of medicine.
Additionally, Dr. Petersen was a 2017 AACR Scholar in Training and has presented her work at several national conferences. She is interested in drug synergy in ovarian cancer treatment as well as health disparities in gynecologic cancers. Her research will focus on PARP-inhibitor drug combinations for patients with homologous recombination proficient serous ovarian cancers.