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Melvenia M. Martin

In 2006, Melvenia M. Martin received her Ph.D. from Tulane University in Interdisciplinary Environmental Biology. She was the recipient of the National Institutes of Health's Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award in 2003. Martin completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship appointment at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. During this appointment she investigated gene therapy using replicators to inhibit gene silencing and epigenetic changes that lead to cancer through next generation sequencing. She is the first author or coauthor of at least ten scientific journal articles and is currently an assistant professor of Biological Sciences at her alma mater of Grambling State University. For the past two summers after being awarded a Summer Visiting Professorship grant from American Society for Cell Biology, Melvenia has continued her research interest investigating Cyclin D1 possible switch from a cell cycle checkpoint regulator to an oncogenic factor in caner progression.