ReTOOL Celebrates YOU: Xzaviar Solone

For Black History month, the ReTOOL Program has decided to feature our young Black scientists as they embark on exciting careers. Today’s featured alumni is Xzaviar Solone.

SoloneWhich school did you attend?
I attended Bethune Cookman University.

What are you currently studying/researching?
I’m a 1st Year Ph.D Biomedical Science Student. My current research focuses on Lung Cancer Signaling. Specifically, it’s about understanding how loss of tumor suppressor gene LKB1 leads to aggressive phenotypes commonly seen in late stage lung cancer patients.

Where are you studying/conducting research?
At the University of Florida

Who is your science hero?
I aspire to live up to the standards the other people of color have set before me. So my heroes are people who have paved the way for me to pursue my dream.

What does it mean to you to be a young Black scientist?
To be a young black scientists means to exceed the limitations placed before you. To find your motivation and grind consistently at it until you succeed. To understand that sometimes it will feel like you are by yourself in this journey but to know that there are people who support and routs for your success but not only that the future generations depends on your success.

What message would you like to send to young Black students interested in cancer research?
If I can leave any advice I would say… put yourself in front of as many people as you can. Follow up with the connections you’ve made. Stay consistent and strive to be the best in the room. When you do, find another room so that you can grow… You got it and I believe in you!