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For PSPG graduate Angel Ku, DACA gives a chance to fight cancer

Angel Ku, PhD, has no memory of not being an American. Born in Mexico, the 29-year-old spent all but the first 18 months of his life in America. But because he’s undocumented, going to college and graduate school was a struggle.

Today, Ku is a full-time cancer researcher at a Bay Area oncology company, having earned this spring a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) from UC San Francisco. His doctoral thesis covered possible treatments for notoriously hard-to-treat tumors with a particular mutation in the KRAS gene.

The path to an oncology lab in Northern California was no easy journey, but Ku never gave up. His determination to succeed, along with assistance from organizations that guide immigrants to college, and his mentors at UCSF, helped him achieve his dream.

Read more: For UCSF graduate, DACA gives a chance to fight cancer.

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