Through mentorship, a deeper understanding of brain cancer metabolism grows

Alejandra Rosario’s enthusiasm for research is infectious. When she talks about studying cancer cells, or the possibility of getting a PhD, her face lights up. “It’s something I’m really passionate about,” she says.

As a Bernard S. and Sophie G. Gould MIT Summer Research Program in Biology (BSG-MSRP-Bio) student this past summer in the lab of Matt Vander Heiden, MIT’s Lester Wolfe (1919) Professor of Molecular Biology, Rosario worked to understand cancer metabolism. MSRP-Bio is a 10-week, research-intensive summer program intended to introduce non-MIT undergraduates to a research career. Rosario, who is a senior at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey this fall, was one of two MSRP-Bio students this year who were the first from their campus to attend the program. “It’s a really great opportunity for us,” she says.

Rosario had always been interested in research and understanding natural systems. As a child growing up in San…
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