Mikaela Mallin

Mikaela Mallin, Undergraduate student, Biomedical Science, Dance

Studies melanoma and movement


• What is your area of research or scholarship? In the department of anatomy and cell biology, I study the gene regulatory network that is responsible for the development of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the department of dance, I study how international dance forms acted as agents of social and political change in 1940’s America.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Research is the best way we can keep learning more and about the world around us, so that we might be able to solve any and every problem it presents.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? I am a Biomedical Science and Dance double major. I plan to graduate May 2019.
• Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Robert Cornell (Anatomy and Cell Biology) and Dr. Rebekah Kowal (Dance)
• What are your career goals? I want to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical science, and perform medically relevant basic science or translational research.



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