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Pelotonia - Team Marion

Ohio State Marion Pelotonia Team

Our campus has been participating in Pelotonia since 2014 as a peloton within the official super peloton of The Ohio State University Team Buckeye.  Please click the link below to donate and support Team Marion's efforts to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Team Buckeye-Team Marion

Pelotonia started as an idea. A ride. A weekend. To make a difference. To make an impact. To end cancer.  But we know, Pelotonia was never just about the ride. It's always been about setting and achieving an ambitious goal and raising critical funds to fight a disease that impacts us all. Team Buckeye-Team Marion is representing The Ohio State University at Marion in the 2023 Pelotonia. This is our 10th year riding as a team in this amazing event. Please help us support cancer research at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and help us find a cure by donating today. We are currently looking for riders, volunteers, and those who would like to donate to this worthwhile cause.  For more information visit or email

In The News

Team-Marion Recognized by Pelotonia for raising more that $100,000


Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship winners from the Ohio State Marion

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center trains promising and accomplished undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students from any discipline who have the potential to become independent cancer researchers.


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2022: Devi Dheekshita Nelakurti, Biomedical Science major

Project: Chromosomal re-arrangements as drivers of cellular immortalization and cancer evolution

Mentor: Ruben C. Petreaca, PhD and Golkroh Mirzaei, PhD

Idea Inspiration: I have the potential to help develop effective and efficient detection and therapeutic methods for cancer to help save the lives of family members, friends and other loved ones.


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2022: Shayaan Rasheed, Biology major

Project: Investigating the inhibition of PRMT5 through biochemical and computational approaches.

Mentor: Renee Bouley, PhD and Ryan Yoder, PhD

Idea Inspiration: I'm inspired by loved ones who've fought cancer. I intend to honor their struggles through my research towards eliminating cancer and its pervasive effects.


Lauren Frank 2023 Pelotonia Fellowship Winner

2021: Lauren Frank Zoology Major

Project: Determining how a chromatin remodeling protein interacts with RAD 52
Mentor – Renee Bouley, Ph.D and Ruben Petreaca, Ph.D

In lay terms, Frank said, “My project is studying proteins that are involved in DNA damage repair. RAD 52 is a protein that influences which pathway might be taken when DNA is being repaired.”
“There are different repair pathways. Some lead to more errors when DNA is repaired, and some are error free. When influenced to an error prone pathway overtime, the errors will build up and potentially lead to cancer,” she said.

Hannah Hylton 2020 Pelotonia Fellowship Winner

2020: Hannah Hylton Biology Pre-Med Major

Project – Development of a Novel Genetic Assay to Interrogate DNA Double-Strand Break Repair Pathways 
Mentor – Ruben Petreaca, PhD

Idea Inspiration – Cancer is incredibly diverse and comes in different forms. With a wide variety of symptoms, treatment options continue to grow to account for the diversity that exists. Nevertheless, the initial steps in disease progression are similar for nearly all forms of cancers. When cells replicate, they often make mistakes that accumulate over time to change the genetic makeup of a cell and cause cancer. This project focuses on generating a platform to interrogate mechanisms that drive accumulation of genetic errors. 
My Pelotonia 2020 – Because my 20th birthday is in 2020, I’m running/hiking 120 miles

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2019: Walla (Miguel) Disbennett

Project – Analysis of the Histone Chaperone HIRA in Promoting Intra-Chromosomal Deletions

Mentors – Ruben Petreaca Ph.D and Jian-Qiu Wu, Ph.D

Summary – When DNA copies itself inside of a cell, the process doesn’t always occur correctly and the two strands that compose the DNA can break. Cellular machineries exist to repair these breaks, but sometimes, these machineries fail. When such failures occur, genetic change accumulates and may cause cancer. We identified a mutation in yeast called Hip1 (human tumor suppressor HIRA) that decreases the rate of chromosomal deletions. Our goal is to understand how Hip1 fits into the overall repair process with the hope of outlining a genetic mechanism of chromosomal deletions.

2019 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual rider


Bailey Lucas 2018 Pelotonia Fellowship winner

2018: Bailey Lucas Zoology Major

Project – Genetic Analysis of Skb1 Function in DNA Double-Strand Break Repair
Mentor - Dr. Ruben Petreaca, Molecular Genetics

Summary – Investigate the function of the methyltransferase Skb1 in DNA double-strand break repair to better understand how DNA damage is repaired in living cells.
2018 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 100 miles

Watch as Bailey shares more details about her research project.