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Casey Propst

Undergraduate Researcher

Casey is a current rising fourth year undergraduate at the University of Chicago double majoring in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Engineering on the Bio Track. He previously worked at the Bashor Lab at Rice University in his hometown of Houston, TX where he investigated high-throughput plasmid insertion and cell circuit design under Dr. Ronan O'Connell. Last summer, Casey pursued a Summer Metcalf Internship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. There, he co-authored a manuscript on the impacts of intermittent fasting routines on cancer treatment efficacy and patient outcomes. He also collected patient data regarding dietary and exercise behaviors as part of a cancer treatment toxicity study that should be complete in the near future. In the Swartz Lab, Casey works with PhD candidate Colleen Foley to understand T cell localization and phenotypes in lymphangiogenic tumors for use in adoptive cell therapy (ACT) design. In his spare time, Casey sings and beatboxes for the Ransom Notes A Cappella group at UChicago and enjoys biking on sunny days.


Li Sucholeiki R, Propst CL, Hong DS, George GC. Intermittent fasting and its impact on toxicities, symptoms and quality of life in patients on active cancer treatment. Cancer Treat Rev. 2024 Mar 28;126:102725. doi: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2024.102725. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38574507.

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