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Sukrit Silas, PhD

Dr. Silas is investigating how naturally occurring microbial and viral proteins might be utilized in the fight against cancer. Complex interactions in bacterial communities (such as the gut microbiome) can often lead to genetic information being exchanged, modified, and reused by competing species. Dr. Silas will develop strategies to control the composition and behavior of these communities, potentially helping to mitigate the threat from antibiotic resistance and infectious disease, which can result in serious clinical complications in patients.

Project title: "Discovery and characterization of virally-encoded translation factors"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD, and Carol A. Gross, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Basic Genetics