Dixie Forum to discuss DSU’s involvement with cancer research at Stanford

During the next installment of Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum: A Window on the World, Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, director of Cancer Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare, and two DSU students will present about their contributions to cutting-edge research taking place at Stanford University. Nadauld and DSU students Makelle Gardiner and Katherine Monday will share about current and developing therapies for cancer treatments from noon to 12:50 p.m. on March 20 in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.


The Dixie Forum presentation will dive into the details of Dixie State University and Dixie Regional Medical Center’s partnership with Stanford University to offer an internship program, in which Gardiner and Monday participated in last summer. Now in its fifth year, the opportunity allows Dixie State students to participate in undergraduate research at Stanford University each summer. During the paid internship, the students help pursue breakthrough discoveries that advance scientists’ understanding of the human body. Nadauld completed his clinical training at Stanford University himself, where he continued on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in solid tumor genomics.


Nadauld then remained on faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine, focusing on cancer genomics and personalized cancer medicine. He still specializes in cancer genomics with Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system of more than 20 hospitals and 150 clinics, where he is leading the clinical implementation of genomic-based cancer medicine. Gardiner, a St. George native, earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Dixie State and has been accepted to the University of Utah medical school, where she plans to continue her involvement in research as she trains to become a physician. Since gaining an interest in biology while taking a biotechnology course at Dixie High School, Gardiner has worked on research at the University of Utah, the University of Iowa and Stanford University. Monday, a senior at DSU, is on track to complete a bachelor’s in biology with an emphasis in biomedical science and minors in chemistry and health psychology this May. As a member of the Dixie Pre-Medical Alliance, Monday spent a week in Haiti, serving the children at New Life Children’s Home. She served as the organization’s vice president of academics last year and was selected for the DSU/Intermountain Best in Class Program. Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and DSU communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. In its next installment, Dixie Forum will host a panel discussion on the Lake Powell Pipeline at noon on March 27 in the Dunford Auditorium. For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu or visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.