Research Interest: Pediatric leukemia focusing on a gene called Ikaros
Advisor: Sinisa Dovat, MD, PhD
Graduate Program: Cell & Molecular Biology
Description: Ikaros is a DNA binding protein, which plays an essential role in lymphocyte development, function, and homeostasis. The loss of Ikaros function has been associated with numerous hematopoietic malignancies including both B and T cell leukemias. In addition, deletions in IKZF1, the gene encoding Ikaros, that result in the expression of a dominant negative isoform is associated with resistance to current chemotherapeutic treatments and a poor outcome in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The goal of my project is to elucidate the mechanism governing Ikaros's tumor suppressor activities and understand why decreased expression of functional Ikaros is associated with high risk leukemia and drug resistance.
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