Tiffin native earns grant to focus on cancer treatments

PHOTO SUBMITTED Ohio Wesleyan student Ben Arnold (left) celebrates the presentation of his summer research project. Arnold worked at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the laboratory of Raphael Nemenoff, Ph.D.

DELAWARE — One Tiffin native earned a grant to help with a research project focusing on treatment of cancer patients.

Benjamin Arnold, of Tiffin, graduated from Columbian High School in 2016 and is a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University majoring in neuroscience and pre-medicine with minors in biology, chemistry and psychology.

Arnold earned an OWU Connection grant to support his medical research this past summer with the Cancer Summer Research Fellowship in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. During the 10-week fellowship, Arnold along with 15 members of the lab studied how to make drug treatment more effective for non-small cell lung cancers.

In the conclusion of his research, Arnold presented the findings of his work, “Coupled IFNγ and epigenetic treatment may increase K-Ras mutant NSCLC patient sensitivity to immunotherapy.”

Arnold said there are many reasons why he decided to pursue a degree in healthcare, but the primary reason was when his grandfather died and he spent time in the hospital.

“I wanted to help patients and their families,” Arnold said.

Arnold said his experience during the fellowship gave him more confidence and showed him he is capable to work in an environment with other high-level researchers.

“My small-town roots will always be a part of who I am, but I wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunities provided by a large institution in an urban setting,” Arnold said.

Arnold said he thanks everything to the education he received at Columbian.

“I had a great time working at the lab,” Arnold said.

Arnold’s research is set to be published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer.

Arnold is set to enter a four-year pre-med program following graduation at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. His goal is to become a primary care physician to work close with patients.