Event Information

Wednesday, June 22
3:30–4:40 pm
HCI 6th Floor, Research North Auditorium
2000 Circle of Hope
SLC, UT, 84112

Light refreshments will be served.

YouTube Live will also be available.
Check back for the link as we get closer to the event.

Huntsman Cancer Institute invites you to the PathMaker documentary screening. The goal of the PathMaker program is to increase diversity within cancer-related research. Join us for a documentary highlighting the program and its amazing students. The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with PathMaker participants, alumni, and mentors.

The PathMaker Program is supported by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah Health Sciences office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25CA240171.


3:30-3:40 pm Welcome
3:40-3:50 pm Film Viewing
3:50-4:10 pm Panel Discussion
4:10-4:15 pm Closing Remark
4:15-4:30 pm Refreshments & Socializing


Trish Luu

Current Scholar
Freshman, University of Utah
Major: Graphic Design
Pronouns: She/Her

Trish Luu, a first-generation Asian-American of West Jordan, Utah, graduated from Itineris Early College High School in 2021. After graduation, Trish, participated in the PathMaker Scholars Summer Research Program where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Dean Tantin and Wenxiang Sun researching the role of a protein known as ABCB10 and its function within T cells. Trish recently finished her freshman year at the University of Utah where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in Integrative Human Biology and Marketing. Trish is currently working with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students in Business organization and has a career goal of becoming a medical illustrator. This summer, Trish is back working with Dr. Janet Iwasa creating visually compelling animations that capture current hypotheses on diverse molecular and cellular processes.

Simon Alexander

Current Scholar
Freshman, University of Oregon
Pronouns: They/Them

Simon Alexander, of West Valley City, Utah, graduated from Grander High School in 2021. After graduation, Simon participated in the PathMaker Scholars Summer Reserach program where they worked under the mentorship of Dr. Jessie King researching international tobacco warnings and effects on tobacco usage. Simon recently finished their freshman year at the University of Oregon where they are majoring in Biology and Japanese. This summer, Simon is back working with Dr. King, expanding on the research from last summer.

Mansoor Sadiq

Current Scholar
Freshman, University of Utah
Major: Computer Science
Pronouns: He/Him

Mansoor Sadiq, of Sandy, Utah, immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan when he was 12 years old. In 2021 he graduated from Cottonwood High School and was accepted into the PathMaker Scholars Program where he worked with Drs. Justin English and Adam Zham. Mansoor recently completed his freshman year at the University of Utah. This summer, Mansoor is back working in the English Lab, expanding on his research from last summer.

Camila Nieto

2022 Graduate, University of Utah
Major: Emergency Medicine
Pronouns: She/Her

Camila Nieto, of Magna, Utah, graduated from Olympus High School in 2018. After graduation, Camilia participated in the PathMaker Scholars program where she worked in Dr. Nicola Camp’s lab under the mentorship of Brandt Jones. After the summer program concluded, Camila was offered a position in the Camp Lab as an Undergraduate Lab Aid, and she still works there today! Camila is currently pursuing a degree in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah and is planning on applying to medical school. Outside of the lab and school, Camila participates in humanitarian work supporting Peruvian orphans, and providing free tutoring to Salt Lake elementary school-age children who come from immigrant households.

Ilham Batar

PharmD Student, University of Utah
Pronouns: She/Her

Ilham Batar, of Salt Lake City, Utah, graduated from the Academy for Math, Engineering & Science in 2017. Ilham participated in the PathMaker Scholars program in 2016 where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Sankar Swaminathan. Ilham attended the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in biology with an emphasis in anatomy and physiology in 2021. Currently, she is pursuing a PharmD degree at the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a residency program within an inpatient setting where she hopes to work with a non-profit that serves underrepresented communities. She hopes to become an advocate and health care liaison for marginalized populations. Her ultimate goal is to return to Somalia and work alongside physicians to bring adequate healthcare knowledge to people of her home country.

Mason Rogers

Southern Utah University
Pronouns: He/Him

Mason Rogers, a first-generation student from Helper, Utah, graduated from Carbon High School in 2018. He participated in the PathMaker Scholars program in the Summer of 2019, researching the ERK pathway under the mentorship of Michelle Mendoza. Mason graduated from Southern Utah University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Mason is a member of the 2022 PROMISE2U cohort at the University of Utah School of Medicine, which will support him with his application to attend the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Fall of 2023.

Dilru Silva

Pronouns: She/Her

Dilru is a graduate student in Martin McMahon’s lab at HCI and currently studies the molecular mechanisms underlying CDK4/6 regulated autophagy in pancreatic cancer. She aspires to become a research scientist focusing on cancer metabolism in industry while continuing to pursue her goal of improving the retention of women of color in STEM. Outside of the lab, Dilru enjoys making pottery, climbing, and yoga.