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OHSU Scholar Alum Honored with Fellowship

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2023

Michelle Ozaki is an ARCS scholar alum and ARCS Oregon member. Work to finalize her PhD in cancer biology at OHSU continues with a big boost, via a fellowship from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Ozaki has been awarded a F99/KOO fellowship that will fund the rest of her PhD years and post-doc.  

The fellowship, known as the “Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award,” supports outstanding PhD candidates to complete their dissertation research training and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions. 

Ozaki’s research in Pepper Schedin's lab at OHSU focuses on postpartum breast cancer (PPBC), which is breast cancer diagnosed within 10 years of a mother’s last pregnancy. Ozaki studies specifically how remodeling of the liver post-pregnancy contributes to liver metastasis in PPBC. Those patients have an increased risk of developing liver metastasis, a prognosis with a median survival rate of only 15 months.  

Ozaki is a Member at Large on the ARCS Oregon Board.  

She grew up in Los Angeles and earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology at Scripps College. She then did a post-bac at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. where she studied ovarian cancer. 

Her ARCS Oregon scholar award was given by the Bechen Family Foundation.