Current Status: M3
Graduate Department: Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology
Previous Education: B.S. Psychology, UC San Diego;
Advisor(s): Kenneth H. Moberg, PhD;
Hometown: Sierra Madre, CA
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Carcinogenesis is fueled by the deregulation of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, which allows for excessive cell proliferation and tissue growth. The Dlc1 (dynein light chain 1) gene encodes a very well conserved protein that can promote cancerous phenotypes in cultured cells and is deregulated in human cancers. Our goal is to use Drosophila as a model system to elucidate the molecular pathway(s) through which Dlc1 influences cell biological process that underlie cancer, including cell division, growth and survival.