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DENA LEEMAN, Stanford Cancer Biology PhD Student




Major: Cancer Biology PhD Program

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: g

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Past Classes

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B3964: Stem Cells, Regeneration and Cancer: from Salamanders to Humans in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Why is it what if you cut off your friend's leg it won't grow back, but if you cut off a salamander's leg it will grow back? Can you name 2 parts of the human body that can grow back if they are lost? Did you know that there are some worms that you could cut into 279 pieces and each of those pieces would become a new worm? Come to this class to get an intro to what stem cells are and what they do, and to hear about some of the crazy ways different creatures regenerate their body parts. We will also discuss the biology of cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!


B3497: DNA FUN in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
In this class we will discuss DNA and the properties of DNA, and use this knowledge to figure out how to extract DNA from strawberries or other things (you can pick!)! Come ready to act like a scientist to solve the mystery of how to extract DNA - you will have the chance to experiment and see amazing things before your very eyes!


B3242: DNA FUN in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
In this class we will discuss DNA and the properties of DNA, and use this knowledge to figure out how to extract DNA from strawberries or other things (you can pick!)! Come ready to act like a scientist to solve the mystery of how to extract DNA - you will have the chance to experiment and see amazing things before your very eyes!


B2976: Cancer and Stem Cells in Splash! Spring 2013 (Apr. 13 - 14, 2013)
Come to this class to learn more about stem cells, cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!


B2444: Cancer and Stem Cells in Splash! Fall 2012 (Nov. 03 - 04, 2012)
Come to this class to learn more about stem cells, cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!


H2446: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else) in Splash! Fall 2012 (Nov. 03 - 04, 2012)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter what it is, you can try to make it!


B2148: Cancer and Stem Cells in Splash! Spring 2012 (Apr. 21 - 22, 2012)
Come to this class to learn more about stem cells, cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!


H2149: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else) in Splash! Spring 2012 (Apr. 21 - 22, 2012)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter what it is, you can try to make it!


H1735: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else) in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter what it is, you can try to make it!


B1850: Cancer and Stem Cells in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
Come to this class to learn more about stem cells, cancer, the reasoning behind some of the ways we currently treat cancer, and some new discoveries in the cancer and stem cell fields!


H1244: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else!) in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter what it is, you can try to make it!


S940: Stem Cells and Regeneration: from Salamanders to Humans in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2010)
Why is it what if you cut off your friend's leg it won't grow back, but if you cut off a salamander's leg it will grow back? Can you name 2 parts of the human body that can grow back if they are lost? Did you know that there are some worms that you could cut into 279 pieces and each of those pieces would become a new worm? Come to this class to get an intro to what stem cells are and what they do, and to hear about some of the crazy ways different creatures regenerate their body parts.


H946: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else)! in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2010)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter how crazy, you can try to make it!


H691: Balloon Animals (or balloon anything else)! in Splash! Spring 2010 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2010)
In this fun, relaxing class we’ll go over the basics of making balloon animals and then you’ll spend the rest of the time making whatever you want out of balloons! Come with ideas of what you’d like to make— no matter how crazy, you can try to make it!


S692: Stem Cells and Regeneration: from Salamanders to Humans in Splash! Spring 2010 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2010)
Why is it what if you cut off your friend's leg it won't grow back, but if you cut off a salamander's leg it will grow back? Can you name 2 parts of the human body that can grow back if they are lost? Did you know that there are some worms that you could cut into 279 pieces and each of those pieces would become a new worm? Come to this class to get an intro to what stem cells are and what they do, and to hear about some of the crazy ways different creatures regenerate their body parts.


S516: How Scientists Solve the Mysteries Behind the Biology of Love and Relationships in Splash! Fall 2009 (Oct. 10 - 11, 2009)
Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your brain when you see that cute girl in chemistry class? Ever wondered how scientists would figure that out? Come learn about the logic of designing experiments to answer these questions as well as about current research on the biology behind why we find certain people attractive and why some people are more likely than others to stay in committed relationships!