Date of Award

4-3-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Denise Smith

Abstract

This research project involves synthesizing cyanostilbenes and testing their anticancer properties in breast cancer cells. Breast cancer is a global issue, one that great improvement has been found in the last few decades, but also one that remains a large killer. The components of the cyanostilbene hybrids have all been shown to have anticancer properties on their own, and we would like to see if we can increase these properties by combining multiple into a single hybrid. Then these cyanostilbene compounds are tested on Her2+ human breast cancer cells. The goals is to assess whether or not the cyanostilbenes have any effect on breast cancer cells. This project encountered many difficulties and as a result did not have significant results, but did produce many solutions for the problems encountered which will aid future research.

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