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Özlem Aksoy, PhD

Dr. Aksoy is establishing a human stem-cell based model of medulloblastoma brain tumors that can be rapidly manipulated, allowing insights into how genetic mutation contributes to medulloblastoma tumorigenesis and how these mutations cooperate in tumor formation. She will study the highest-risk subtype of medulloblastoma, with the goal of understanding the possible role of translational control in this cancer. She will test both novel and existing mTOR inhibitors as a potential therapeutic strategy for patients.

Project title: "Understanding the role of translational control in humanized mouse models for medulloblastoma"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Sohn Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Davide Ruggero, PhD
Cancer Type: Pediatric, Brain
Research Area: Cancer Genetics