Lozier, '12, Tackles Cancer Research
A cornerback on the Albion College football team, Matt Lozier, '12, is used to tackling opponents. This summer, the Clarklake native found himself tackling cancer – one of the most menacing opponents some people ever face – as an intern at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program (OCRP).
The OCRP, under the direction of Dr. Keith Davis, '79, is devoted to unlocking the potential of plant-based pharmaceuticals and antiviral proteins. Lozier was modifying lunasin, a protein isolated from soybeans that has been suggested to possess anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, with materials that would allow lunasin to bind specifically to integrins on cancer cells. The hope is to find a treatment that would directly target cancer cells while allowing good cells to live.