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After overcoming rare cancer, UNI alum and disease researcher wins prestigious fellowship

A UNI alum has overcome a rare jaw cancer and years of reconstructive surgeries to achieve her goal of becoming a biochemist, and has topped it off by earning a prestigious research fellowship and mentoring underrepresented students. Cassandra Hayne (‘11), a double major in biology and biochemistry who started her research career as an undergraduate, credits her UNI professors with supporting her. She underwent multiple surgeries starting in her freshman year to correct disfigurement that her childhood cancer treatments caused. 

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