Jennie Sims

Jennie Sims is the recipient of the Mann Award

Jennie Sims (Class of 2014) is the 2019 recipient of the Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award.  Jennie, who is in the lab of Marcus Smolka, studies the why, how and when of cellular repair of broken DNA.  Her research has important implications for fighting cancer.  “Understanding how cancer cells repair DNA breaks is really important because cancer cells use a lot of these and grow really, really fast,” Sims said. “If we can understand how cancer cells are manipulating the normal DNA repair pathways, we might be able to interrupt them or nudge them in a different direction.”  Read more.