Beth K. Neilsen
Beth Clymer

Beth K. Neilsen

PhD in Cancer Research

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship (2016-2020)

Each NIH Institute offers Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowships (F30 NSRAs) intended to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students who are matriculated in a combined MD/PhD training program and who intend careers as physician-scientists.  Beth Clymer, an MD/PhD Scholar at UNMC, has been awarded a 4-year F30 NSRA from the National Cancer Institute for her project entitled “Discovering vulnerabilities in Ras-driven cancers.” Previously supported by the T32 Cancer Biology Training Program at UNMC, Beth relinquished a UNMC Graduate Studies Assistantship/Fellowship in order to accept the F30 award.  Her research focuses on applying bioinformatics analysis of genome-scale screening data to identify genes required for the survival of Ras-driven cancer cells (but not normal cells), and assessing the potential of those genes as targets for Ras-mutated cancer therapeutics. Beth completed her dissertation research under the direction of Robert E. Lewis, PhD, in the Eppley Institute, receiving the PhD degree in May 2018.  Beth will subsequently complete the final two years of her medical school training at UNMC.