Northeastern’s first Churchill Scholar will study breast cancer at Cambridge University

For a 23-year-old, Cameron Young has an impressive resume in the field of biomedical research.

As a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and a coauthor of 10 medical-related papers, Young’s accomplishments throughout his undergraduate experience at Northeastern have recently earned him the Churchill Scholarship, an award granted to outstanding American students to attend Cambridge University in England.

Young, who will graduate from Northeastern in May with a degree in chemical engineering and biochemistry, will begin a one-year master’s degree in medical science at the British university this fall.

Through the program, Young will work with Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer-research charity. More specifically, Young will analyze the genetics of a large pool of breast-cancer patients in order to study and catalog different ways that the disease manifests.

“The big question we’re trying to answer is: Based on the specific characteristics of different types of breast cancer, how can we use the unique traits of the individual to better treat the cancer and predict how patients are going to respond to something?” he says.

Young has years of experience working with large datasets through his co-ops at Mass General Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital. “But sometimes I didn’t have the skills to do the more complex statistical analysis because I just haven’t learned that yet,” says Young.

“My time at Cambridge will be a great opportunity for me to gain those skills, which will hopefully translate to my future career in medical research,” he says.

Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University.

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