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CRS Scientist Spotlight on Shelby Hophan

My advice would be to jump into anything that you are curious about or have peak interest in regardless of how complex it may seem.”

Shelby Hophan

Shelby Hophan is a second year MS-RSM graduate student in Dr. Yong Wan's lab. Her research focuses on effects of natural compounds on Ductal Carcinoma in Situ.

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Name: Shelby Hophan

Position: MS-RSM Graduate Student

Thesis Mentor: Dr. Yong Wan

Thesis Title: The Effects of Natural Compounds on Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. 

 

What brought you to join the CRS community and what is your current position? 

Post-undergraduate education, I wanted to further expand my research knowledge and understand why reproductive based diseases exist. Therefore, I applied for the Reproductive Science and Medicine Master’s degree as a graduate student. 

Could you describe your research? 

I analyzed the effects of natural compounds on Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. This was done using three different assays to measure survival rate and total surface area within a Matrigel model.  

What aspect(s) of CRS do you find most valuable? 

I value the networking and opportunities given to learn more and be involved.  

What has been the most valuable aspect to your training as a reproductive scientist? 

I was able to conduct research that I did not know I could do. The training I received from Dr. Wan lab set me up for my future, as well as my current job at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The training allowed me to grasp a further understanding of breast cancer.  

 What is one piece of advice you would give to young scientists starting in their journey in science? 

My advice would be to jump into anything that you are curious about or have peak interest in regardless of how complex it may seem. In my opinion, to start your journey in science you must first formulate questions, and consistently plan the next steps to broaden your understanding of science.  

What do you think will be the next big contribution in the reproductive biology field?  

The next contribution in reproductive biology field would be a cure for breast cancer or uncovering a method to be used to save or increase the life span of those that suffer from metastatic breast cancer.  

What hobbies do you have outside of the lab?  

My favorite hobby outside of lab would be painting, specifically painting by numbers.