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Christian J. Konopka

MD/PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Christian Konopka is a 5th year MD/PhD student in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is performing research in the department of bioengineering. Christian received his BS in Biophysics from Loyola University Chicago, and conducted research, which focused on modeling the kinetics of DNA polymerase lambda when undergoing a base pair mismatch. During this time Christian also worked as a qEEG technologist and performed research correlating pathological qEEG findings to metabolic, genetic, and behavioral findings. Christian’s interest in research has evolved throughout his career, and he is now passionate about developing novel imaging agents and methods to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, he is interested in utilizing molecular imaging techniques to understand how the Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products and its signaling axis play a role in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer. After his PhD, Christian will finish his MD and then hopes to specialize in radiation oncology.

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