Damon Runyon Researchers

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Victoria Hung, PhD

Dr. Hung focuses on a central question in cell biology: how gene expression is spatially and temporally regulated to give rise to cell types and functions. Historically, the ribosome has been viewed as a molecular machine of invariant composition that passively and constitutively translates mRNA to protein. She is studying how phosphorylation of ribosomal components may endow ribosomes with specificity for certain transcripts and unique cellular functions. This work will also provide insight into how ribosome-mediated gene expression may play a role in cellular transformation for many different cancers, and in particular, lymphomagenesis.

Project title: "Defining the post-translational landscape of ribosomes in control of gene regulation and cell fate"
Institution: Stanford University
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Maria Barna, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: RNA (RNA processing, miRNA and piRNA mechanisms, enzymatic RNAs, etc.)