PhD Student Judene Thomas Biomedical Science Career Program HOPE Scholarship

Congratulations Judene Thomas, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Biology who has been named a recipient of the ‘20­–’21 Biomedical Science Career Program HOPE Scholarship from Harvard Medical School.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Judene earned her degree in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College, where her senior honors thesis centered on the ultrasonic properties of human colon cancer cells. Following graduation, she continued her cancer studies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigating the pathology and physiology of red blood cells. Judene has continued pursuing her interests in studying cancer biology and has initiated studies at Northeastern with the goal of understanding the molecular interactions between classic tumor-suppressor proteins (e.g., p53) and mitochondrial function in the development and progression of ovarian cancer.

Judene is an outstanding young researcher and this prestigious award highlights her continued dedication to biomedical research. We have no doubt that Judene’s determination and passion for science will propel her to be a key thought leader in the biomedical field.