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Alexander M. Jaeger, PhD

Dr. Jaeger is investigating how a protein called the Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 (HSF1), a potent pro-survival transcription factor, orchestrates changes in the three-dimensional architecture of chromosomes to activate tumor supportive gene expression programs in diverse cancer types. Increasing evidence suggests that the three dimensional architecture of chromosomes can influence the unique gene expression programs that support tumor growth. He aims to determine how gene expression is significantly altered in cancer cells when compared to normal cells.

Project title: "Targeting protein folding mechanisms to stimulate anti-tumor immune responses"
Institution: Koch Institute for Biomedical Research
Named Award: HHMI Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Tyler E. Jacks, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Chromatin Biology