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 Catherine  MarElia

Catherine MarElia

Catherine MarElia



Advisor : Brant Burkhardt



My dissertation research involves the investigation of the Anemarrhena asphodeloides extract and its constituent timosaponin AIII as chemosensitizing and apoptosis-inducing agents in the treatment of advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma has an extremely low survival rate, due in part to the lack of any effective treatment options which highlights the urgent need for chemotherapeutic agents that can mitigate drug resistance and induce apoptosis while also lessening the high-grade toxicity of conventional drugs.