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Emily P. Balskus, PhD

Humans live in symbiosis with trillions of microbes, and there is growing evidence that these organisms can impact the development and progression of cancer.

Dr. Balskus' research seeks to elucidate the mechanisms by which molecules produced by microbes inhabiting the human gut influence the development and progression of colorectal cancer. She will combine tools from synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology to both characterize and block harmful microbial processes. This work will impact our understanding of how the gut environment influences carcinogenesis, ultimately leading to new strategies for cancer prevention and treatment.

Project title: "Understanding and preventing carcinogenesis caused by the human microbiota"
Institution: Harvard University
Award Program: Innovator
Cancer Type: Colorectal
Research Area: Chemical Biology