Masonic Cancer Center Researcher Teaches Two Science Classes at Minnetonka Middle School

December 6, 2018

Minnetonka Middle School East asked the Masonic Cancer Center to provide an expert to teach the development of normal cells versus that of cancer cells to two 7th grade science classes. Julie Ostrander, PhD, stepped up to the challenge and presented to two classes on December 4, 2018.

Ostrander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Her lab focuses on identifying biomarkers to identify pre-invasive breast cancer and response to chemoprevention. 

Each class began with a short video of “Cancer 101.” This short animated video was created by the Masonic Cancer Center in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). It teaches the basics of what cancer is and how it affects the body.

After the video, Dr. Ostrander presented on what causes cancer, cancer statistics, and the differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Dr. Ostrander also showed images of various types of cancer cells. In the two 50-minute classes, a total of 57 advanced science students asked thought-provoking questions and engaged in lively discussions.