People

Pepper Schedin, Ph.D.

Graduate program memberships

Cancer Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology

Schedin Lab

AeSoon Bensen

AeSoon Bensen, B.S.
Research Associate

Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education: PhD in Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2020); BHSc (Hons) in Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2015); BSc in Biomedical Science, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2014).

Scientific interests: Research from the Schedin Lab has shown that mammary gland involution is a transient, pro-inflammatory window of increased breast cancer risk that can be targeted with immune therapies for breast cancer prevention. My research focuses specifically on the preventative potential of vitamin D. Vitamin D has well-known anti-cancer, immune-modulatory functions, and the demands for vitamin D during pregnancy, lactation, and involution result in vitamin D deficiency postpartum. Using preclinical models, my research investigates how vitamin D deficiency affects the immune system during mammary gland involution, and how this altered immune response contributes to breast cancer development. My research also explores whether treatment with vitamin D can promote an immune response that prevents breast cancer growth during the postpartum period.

Elise De Wilde

Elise de Wilde
Senior Research Assistant

Education: Major in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Oregon State University (2020).

Scientific Interests: My scientific interests are to be certified by ASCP in histotechnology and assist in methods in the laboratory to further research in post-partum involution-induced breast cancer. I am also assisting on several liver metastasis-based projects being researched by my colleagues. I enjoy diagnostic testing and I am excited to be able to work on my histotechnologist certification while in the Schedin laboratory.

Michelle Ozaki

Michelle Ozaki, B.A.
Graduate Student

Education: B.A., Molecular Biology, Scripps College

Scientific Interests: Investigating mechanisms driving liver metastases in a postpartum breast cancer setting.

Courtney Betts, PhD
Melody Blaj, BS
Breanna Caruso, BA
Marcelia Curran-Brown, BS
Erica Goddard, PhD
Quiche Guo, PhD
Hadley Holden, BS, MBA
Sonali Jindal, MD
Alex Klug, BS
Elizabeth Mitchell, PhD
Jayasri Narasimhan, BA
Nathan Pennock, PhD
Jing Wang, BS
Alex Q. Bartlett, PhD
SJ Kim, BS
Andrea Calhoun, BS
Weston Anderson, BA