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Selena Hernandez

Name: 
Selena Hernandez
Previous degree(s): 
BS, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD start year: 
2019
Award Year: 
2019
Department/Unit: 
Chemistry
Research Advisor(s): 
Professor Jefferson Chan
Description of Research: 

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among men, with nearly 200,000 cases expected in 2020. Correct determination of the prostate cancer stage provides more information in pre-clinical screening and guides therapeutic treatment, however, more accurate and non-invasive ways for prostate cancer staging are still needed.

My research focuses on developing a targeted hypoxia-activated photoacoustic probe to more accurately determine the stage of prostate cancer. Hypoxia is a common characteristic of prostate cancer tumors, so the successful development and optimization of this probe could lead to an effective predictor of treatment response.