Julio Pimentel

Julio Pimentel
Senior Student 

Dissertation Mentor: Gen Sheng Wu, Ph.D.

Research Focus:

Targeting TRAIL Resistance in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Grants, Awards, Scholarships:
2022 Wayne State University Travel Brochure Featuring a Latino in the Medical Field
2022 Invited Hispanic/Latino STEM panelist for the 7th Annual National Latino Leadership Conference
2022 Top 100 Magazine's Top 100 Entrepreneurs and Innovators
2022 University of Miami Alumnus of the Year Toppel Award
2022 $10,000 Research Stipend, Johnson & Johnson
2022 World Cancer Day Healthcare Professional Spotlight, World Cancer Day
2022 Acceptance to 2022 SACNAS CareerCon
2021 First-ever Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Oncology Diversity Engagement Program Scholar
2021 Royal Oak Magazine Feature as a Cancer Researcher and Royal Oak Resident, 2021
2021 40 Under 40 Cancer Award
2021 $1,500 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Stipend, 2021
Alumnus Spotlight, California State University Stanislaus, 2021
2021 Talent Showcase 2021 NDiSTEM Digital Conference, Society of Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics, and Native Americans in the Sciences, 2021
2021 Innovating the Field of Cancer Research as a First-Gen Scientist Against Socio-Economic Adversities Spotlight, Latino Community Stage
2021 First-Ever Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC) Annual Retreat Registration Scholarship
2021 Karmanos Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and Recognizes Julio Pimentel
2021 Cancer Biology Training Consortium Annual Retreat Registration Award
2021 Wayne State University Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Hero Theme Feature
2021 Invite to Janssen Scholars of Oncology Diversity Day, Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson
2021 Lixte Biotechnology CEO acknowledgement on LB-100 PP2A's inhibition as a potential therapeutic strategy for triple-negative breast cancer
2021 Invited Guest Speaker on 'Learn About Diverse STEM Career Pathways', FocusSStem Next Generation, Karmanos Cancer Institute
2021 Letter of Recognition from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
2021 Panelist as a Latino Leading in STEM at 6th Annual National Latino Leader Conference, National Diversity Council
2021 NIH T32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Award (T32-CA009531)
2021 'Innovating the Field of Cancer Research as a First-Gen Scientist Against Socio-Economic Adversities', Latino Community Stage
2021 Jackson Laboratory 30th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer Scholarship
2021 2nd Registration Award for 2021 SACNAS Conference
Congratulations Julio Pimentel - For being honored in the class of 2021 as a 40 Under 40 in Cancer Research
2021 Cancer Biology doctoral student wins second National Latino Leader Award
2021 Wayne State University Board of Governor's Recognition - Profiles in Warrior Strong highlight Warrior successes during the pandemic
2021 Article on Being a First-Generation Hispanic/Latino Ph.D. Student Karmanos Cancer Institute
2020 Recognized as a Latino Academic/Professional That's Shaping the World Today, Latino Community Stage
2020 Invited Guest Speaker, FocuSStem Next Generation, Karmanos Cancer Institute
2020 SACNAS - National Diversity in STEM Conference conducted by the Society of Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences Oral Presentation - Virtual Conference
2019 Interview on Translational Cancer Research, Harvard Medical School
2019 Karmanos Cancer Institute Junior Faculty Research/Retreat 1st Place - Poster Presentation
2018-2019 Cancer Biology Director's Award
2018-2022 Dean's Diversity Fellowship, Wayne State University

2021-Present Cancer Biology Graduate Program Faculty Candidate Recruitment Participant
2020-2021 Cancer Biology Graduate Program Student Representative
2020-Present Cancer Biology Graduate Program Social Media Manager
2020-Present Society of Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences, Member
2019-Present CB Curriculum Committee Member
2019-Prese CB Recruitment Committee Chair
2019-Present CB Learning Committee Member
2019-Present National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Member
2018-Present American Association for Cancer Research Member
2017-Present American Society of Clinical Oncology Member


Pimentel J., Zhou JY, Wu G.S. Regulation of PD-L1 by TRAIL in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Submitted September 2022. Molecular Carcinogenesis

Uddin MH, Zhou JY, Pimentel J, Patrick SM, Kim S, Shekhar MP, Wu GS. Proteomic Analysis Identifies p62/SQSTM1 as a Critical Player in PARP Inhibitor Resistance. Front Oncol. 2022;12:908603. 

Mohammed Hafiz Uddin*, Julio M. Pimentel*, Madhumita Chatterjee, Joshu E. Allen, Zhengping Zhuang & Gen Sheng Wu. Targeting PP2A inhibits the growth of triple-negative breast cancer cells, Cell Cycle 2020;19:592-600. 

Yakoub, D., Totiger, S.T., Moran, A., Suwal, S., Pimentel, J.M., O'Donell, L., Walls, J.D., Nagathihalli, N.S., & Merchant, N. Abstract 5264: Metabolic reprogramming with β-alanine to overcome chemotherapy resistance in pancreatic cancer. Cancer Research, 2019;79; 5264-5264.

Pimentel, J.M., & Stone, K. (2014). Characterizing and Detecting How Protein Fragments Pass through the Intestinal Epithelial Layer with Emphasis on the Absorption of Collagen's Fragments.


M.S. in Clinical Research & Translational Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
B.S. Biological Sciences, Concentration in Molecular Biology, California State University Stanislaus

Hometown: Delhi, California