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Anne E. Dodson, PhD

Dr. Dodson is investigating how defects that are not strictly based on DNA mutations can be passed from parent to progeny for multiple generations. Germ cells, the producers of eggs and sperm in animals, normally transmit the blueprint for life from parent to progeny. When germ cells acquire defects, however, these defects may also pass from parent to progeny. These underexplored defects may contribute to the onset and inheritance of familial cancer syndromes, and a better understanding of them could result in new cancer therapies.

Project title: "Transgenerational inheritance of structure-based infections"
Institution: Harvard Medical School
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Scott G. Kennedy, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Epigenetics