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Marsha M. Hirschi, PhD

Dr. Hirschi is creating a tool to investigate specific glutamate receptor subpopulations and elucidate their role in cancer mechanisms. Glutamate receptors on neurons are involved with learning and memory in a time- and tissue-specific manner and abnormal function can lead to cancer. Detailed understanding of how glutamate receptors work may provide insight into new therapies for cancers ranging from gliomas to peripheral malignancies, such as pancreatic cancer.

Project title: "Molecular engineering of an optically controlled glutamate receptor"
Institution: The Scripps Research Institute
Named Award: Dennis and Marsha Dammerman Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Gabriel C. Lander, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Biophysics