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Distinguished Scientist: Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD

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Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2020 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Division of Oncology & Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: September 2016
  • Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

The Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award, sponsored by UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

Research focus:

  • Multiple myeloma and pancreas cancer

The goal of my research is: to develop novel small molecules that disrupt intracellular trafficking in cancer cells -- a strategy that we have found to be particularly effective in cancer types characterized by abnormal protein production/secretion, including multiple myeloma and pancreas cancer.

My research will make a difference because:

While significant advances have been made in the treatment of myeloma, this disease unfortunately remains incurable. In addition, survival rates for patients with advanced pancreas cancer remain dismal. Therefore we still need to develop new therapies that attack these cancers in novel ways in order to improve long-term outcomes for patients. My hope is that the work we are doing in the lab will one day reach the clinic as a new treatment option for patients.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

The importance of persistence for a career in research -- there is a lot of rejection and setbacks, but being persistent can pay off in the long-run.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I love playing the flute (music was definitely the path not taken for me) and am grateful to be able to play with the Nebraska Medical Orchestra.
  • My husband and I share our home with three dogs and a cat -- all rescues we have adopted since moving to Nebraska.
  • I have been a vegetarian since 2000.

Ceremony on Feb. 23

Matthew Rizzo, MD, Frances & Edgar Reynolds Chair and professor in the UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences, has been named the 15th UNMC Scientist Laureate. Dr. Rizzo will be honored, along with 22 other researchers recently named UNMC Distinguished Scientist, Research Leadership and New Investigator Award winners for 2020, during a virtual awards ceremony on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Other awardees include:

Research Leadership

  • Maneesh Jain, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Ted Mikuls, MD, College of Medicine

Distinguished Scientists

New Investigators

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