Physics professor and senior biology major publish joint research

Physics professor and senior biology major publish joint research

Dr. Dharma Khatiwada, assistant professor of physics at Kentucky State University, and Miana Wallace, Miss Kentucky State 2022-2023, recently published a joint research article titled, “Testing Doses and Treatment Timelines of Anti-Angiogenic Drug Bevacizumab Numerically as a Single-Agent for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer” in the peer-reviewed journal Land, Jan. 10, 2023. The research was performed as part of the National Science Foundation-HBCU-Undergraduate Program grant Kentucky State received in 2020.

Wallace, a senior biology major and STEM research assistant, started working on the project in January 2022. She chose ovarian cancer for her research because of her interest in the health field.

“Ovarian cancer is the most dominant gynecological cancer disease that remains mostly undetected for a long progression period,” Wallace shared. “This research was important to me because it could help a lot of women and provide insight on an alternative treatment option for ovarian cancer that isn’t as detrimental as chemotherapy.”

Wallace collected most of the background information related to ovarian cancer, mainly in the vicinity of causes, diagnosis, and treatment options. She also made a worthy contribution in writing the introduction and methodology sections.

“I feel very excited and proud to be published because it was one of the goals I set for myself as a freshman.”

The Kansas City, Missouri native says she is looking forward to working on other research projects.