LAS VEGAS – Citlally Lopez, a medical student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is making waves in the field of cancer research. Her dedication and groundbreaking work have earned her a prestigious $20,000 grant from Pfizer, a leading pharmaceutical company, to support her ongoing research efforts in finding a cure for cancer. We had the opportunity to speak with Lopez about her remarkable journey and her plans for the future.
Lopez, a first-generation Latina medical student, is focused on tackling the second leading cause of death globally. With unwavering determination, she has identified a chemical compound that shows promise in stopping cancer growth. Through her research, she aims to enhance this compound by introducing additional elements, ultimately creating a more potent anti-cancer agent.
“We are exploring innovative approaches to combat cancer. The more tools we have in our arsenal, the better equipped we are to fight this disease,” Lopez explained passionately.
As the recipient of the first-ever Pfizer grant in UNLV’s history, Lopez is paving the way for future generations of researchers. The $20,000 award will provide invaluable support as she continues her groundbreaking work in cancer research.
Lopez’s aspirations extend beyond her research endeavors. She is determined to put Las Vegas on the map as a hub for healthcare and medical innovation. By advocating for increased research initiatives and firsthand observations in the field, she hopes to contribute to the improvement of healthcare services for the citizens of Las Vegas.
Retaining healthcare professionals in Southern Nevada poses a challenge, but Lopez is committed to practicing medicine in her hometown. Her vision extends beyond patient care; she aims to find a cure for cancer and ensure accessible healthcare for the Latino community as a future Latina doctor.
“As a minority, I never imagined I would be in this position. But witnessing the progress of others who look like me has inspired me to strive for excellence and believe in my own abilities to accomplish extraordinary things,” Lopez shared.
Las Vegas holds a special place in Lopez’s heart, and she is determined to give back to her community as a future doctor, providing compassionate care and serving the people who call this vibrant city home.
Citlally Lopez is a shining example of the power of perseverance, dedication, and the pursuit of groundbreaking research. Her journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring medical professionals and underscores the importance of supporting innovative research efforts in the fight against cancer.
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