Florencia McAllister to receive TAMEST Mary Beth Maddox Award for pancreatic tumor microbiome research

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Florencia McAllister, associate professor of clinical cancer prevention, gastrointestinal medical oncology, and immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive the 2023 Mary Beth Maddox Award and Lectureship in cancer research from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Technology.

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