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Gehlen Catholic Alum Leading Cancer Research

"My experience at Gehlen Catholic was excellent!”

Ruland family

Dr. Megan Ruhland, a 2005 Gehlen Catholic graduate and daughter of Michael K. and Nancy Ruhland of LeMars, is leading cancer research at the University of California, San Francisco as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Cancer Immunologist in the Department of Pathology.   

Megan was recently awarded the Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Cancer Research Institute.  Her fellowship provides 3 years of funding to pursue research on understanding the role of the immune system in cancer development with the goal of finding new treatment modalities.  

As Megan reflects upon her years as a Gehlen Catholic student, she appreciates the school’s commitment to provide one-on-one attention through a student-focused environment. This was highly beneficial in the advanced level classes such as Advanced Biology, Physics, Calculus and also Honors English

When Megan is not work at the University of California, San Francisco; conducting research; writing and presenting her findings; Megan is involved at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in San Francisco, as well as mentors high school students during the summer. 

Megan’s mother, Nancy, added “We never saw sending Megan or any of our children to a Gehlen Catholic as a sacrifice.  Instead, Catholic education was an opportunity for our children to grow in our Catholic faith.”

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