Hampden-Sydney College congratulates biology major David Bushhouse '19, one of only eight students from the state of Virginia to be named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship is the nation's premier undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering; this year, 221 Goldwater Scholars were chosen from a national field of candidates nominated by more than 2,000 colleges and universities. It is the third time in the past five years that a Hampden-Sydney student has received the prestigious award.
David was recognized for his ongoing research on tumor immunology with Dr. Kristian Hargadon '01, Elliot professor of biology and a Goldwater Scholar himself during his student days at H-SC. They are determining, on the molecular-genetics level, how a protein called FOXC2 regulates the spread and metastasis of melanoma skin cancer. Hargadon explains, "Though we have shown that FOXC2 influences melanoma progression, the mechanism by which it promotes melanoma growth and metastasis remains largely unknown. David's work has been instrumental in optimizing a technique that will allow for the identification of genes activated by FOXC2, which may, in turn, suggest novel targets for cancer therapies designed to delay or prevent melanoma progression." David began his research last summer as part of Hampden-Sydney's Honors Program. Although he put the project on hold this semester so he could study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, David looks forward to resuming his work in the lab next year as his Honors Capstone project.