Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology
Translational Research Interest Group
The Translational Research Interest Group (TRIG), serving the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center, was founded in Fall of 2010 by Dr. Irene La-Beck. TRIG’s purpose
is to fostering the involvement of students in scholarly endeavors, to help students
identify their research interests early on, and to promote interactions between students
and faculty/clinicians that will enhance the professional growth of the students involved.
TRIG will apply for official recognition as a student organization in Fall of 2013,
with approximately 20 founding students members and officers in all four TTUHSC campuses:
Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas, and Lubbock. Dr. La-Beck is the faculty advisor for the
organization and there are faculty liaisons on three of the four campuses: Dr. Wood
in Abilene, Dr. Trippier in Amarillo, and Dr. Alvarez in Dallas. We aim to identify
a faculty liaison for Lubbock be the end of Fall 2013. Accomplishments
TRIG organizes a Translational Research Seminar Series approximately once a semester
with internal and external guest speakers. Our past speakers included Dr. Yvonne
Paterson from the University of Pennsylvania who pioneered the development of listeria
based anticancer immunotherapeutics. Our seminar series are attended by TTUHSC-SOP
students, faculty, residents, our colleagues from the School of Medicine, and students
and faculty from local baccalaureate institutions.
Students who are involved in TRIG have been able to successfully compete for research
internships and employment positions. Additionally, they contribute significantly
to research projects and are co-authors on poster presentations and manuscripts.
-three students who coauthored a manuscript published in The Oncologist
-poster presentations at the Cancer Nanotechnology Gordon Research Conference,
the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual conference, and the American Association
for Cancer Research annual conference.