About the University of Kentucky’s Black Lab and Its Publications

A PhD student at the University of Kentucky, Sherif El-Refai focuses on pharmaceutical science, specifically as it relates to oncology. Sherif El-Refai also participates in university’s Black Lab.

Propelling cancer research, the Black Lab consists of students studying gene expression and how to manipulate it so individuals receiving therapies have a higher potential of successfully combating the disease. The team has access to patient tumor samples, cancer cell lines, and bioinformatic data to develop wet-lab experiments.

Since its inception, the Black Lab has produced in excess of 15 publications on topics ranging from the deregulation of DUSP activity in EGFR-mutant lung cancer cell lines to gene expression signatures on cancer drug discovery. The works appear in such periodicals a Future Oncology, the European Pharmaceutical Review, and Clinical Medicine Reviews in Oncology.

More recently, the lab shared corporate communication strategies for teaching non-science communication skills to pharmaceutical sciences PhD students in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

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Sherif El-Refai

Sherif El-Refai is a recent graduate of the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business. He received a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in competitive strategy along with the market and global management. He has experience of working as a pharmacy technician.

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