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Nikit Patel, PhD

Dr. Patel is focusing on hematopoiesis, the process by which stem cells in the bone marrow differentiate into all the blood and immune cells in our bodies. Breakdown of this process is linked to cancers including myelomas and leukemias. Dr. Patel aims to determine critical components driving hematopoiesis by studying this process in different vertebrate animals and comparing evolutionarily conserved regulators. He will then use gene-editing methods to test if these regulators play a role in mammalian hematopoiesis. This work has the potential to identify new therapeutic targets and novel strategies for combatting blood-related cancers.

Project title: "Determining the core genetic regulators of the erythro-myeloid switch"
Institution: Harvard Medical School
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Allon Klein, PhD
Cancer Type: Blood
Research Area: Systems Biology