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04-10-2015

Clarkson University Researchers' Paper on Cancer Cells Receives Authors Choice Award

A team of researchers at Clarkson University has won the 2015 Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA) Authors Choice Award for their paper on cancer cells.

Clarkson University doctoral candidate Armand Gatien Ngounou Wetie, left, and his advisor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Costel C. Darie, are two of the researchers who worked on the paper, Clarkson doctoral candidate Armand Gatien Ngounou Wetie said the project, led by Clarkson Trustee Dr. Bayard D. Clarkson Sr. of Sloan-Kettering Institute, aims to identify diffusible factors in high-density cancer cells that cause them to make other low-density cells grow. The research was conducted on lymphoma cells.

"We are trying to find diffusible factors that were most likely secreted by cancer cells and were supposed to be acting as a growth factor on other cells," Ngounou said.

The researchers published the paper, "Automated Mass Spectrometry-Based Functional Assay for the Routine Analysis of the Secretome," in JALA in 2013. The Authors Choice Award recognizes the paper for its popularity among authors' citations throughout 2014.

“This research is important for our understanding of how cancer spreads," said Clarkson. "I’m pleased that this award recognizes the hard work performed by the research teams at Sloan-Kettering and Clarkson, and that this paper has been useful to other scientists.”

Ngounou, along with Bayard Clarkson; Izabela Sokolowska '13; Research Assistant Professor Alisa G. Woods, who is also a researcher at the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Neurobehavioral Health; doctoral candidate Kelly L. Wormwood; Su Dao, research associate at Sloan-Kettering Institute; doctoral candidate Sapan Patel; and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Costel C. Darie, are listed as authors of the paper. Ngounou said he appreciates that their work is useful to others in the research community.

"It's good to see something that's been written by us be deemed valuable by other scientists," he said.

Read the article at http://www.slas.org/publications/scientific-journals/2015-slas-journal-achievement-awards/ .

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Photo caption: Clarkson University doctoral candidate Armand Gatien Ngounou Wetie, left, and his advisor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science Costel C. Darie, are two of the researchers who worked on the paper, "Automated Mass Spectrometry-Based Functional Assay for the Routine Analysis of the Secretome." The researchers, led by Trustee Bayard D. Clarkson Sr., aim to identify diffusible factors in cancer cells act as a growth factor on other cells.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/angounou-cdarie.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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