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Andrew R. Nager, PhD

Dr. Nager [Fayez Sarofim Fellow] is studying the primary cilium, an organelle that cells use to sense the environment and communicate with other cells. To do so, the primary cilium selectively exchanges signaling molecules with the cell body. He is using cell biology, biochemistry, and biophysics to understand the gate between the primary cilium and the cell body. Because dysfunctions of the primary cilium promote cancer and cause developmental disease, this research is an important new avenue of exploration.

Project title: "Dissecting the mechanism of selective diffusion into the primary cilium"
Institution: Stanford University School of Medicine
Named Award: Fayez Sarofim Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Maxence V. Nachury, PhD
Cancer Type: Brain, Pancreatic, Skin
Research Area: Cell Biology