Dr. Charissa Kahue transferred to Chaminade when her family returned from living in Texas. While at Chaminade, Charissa Kahue participated in summer research programs and presented her research at several national conferences. In the summer of 2006, she participated in a Pediatric Oncology Education Program internship at St. Jude’s Children’s Research hospital department of biochemistry in Memphis, Tennessee. At St. Jude’s she collaborated with a postdoctoral fellow on a research project involving novel drug therapy for imatinib-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia. She collaboratively published with fellow researchers in the Journal of the American Society of Hematology in 2007 on the results from their hematological anti-cancer research. In 2007, she participated in Yale’s Biomedical Sciences Training Program and Enrichment program. In 2007, Kahue was honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) along with nearly 80 other undergraduate students from across the nation for their undergraduate research, by presenting her work at the “Posters on the Hill” (Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.) event.
Charissa graduated from Chaminade University in May 2008 with a 4.0 GPA and was distinguished with the honor of the Outstanding Biology Graduate of her class.
After graduating from Chaminade, Charissa completed a postbaccalaureate research fellowship from 2008 to 2010 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD under the mentorship of Dr. Ira Pastan. Dr. Kahue graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2014. She will begin an otolaryngology/head and neck surgery five-year residency program at Vanderbilt University in July 2014.