Damon Runyon Researchers

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Alex Pollen, PhD

Dr. Pollen is using comparative genomics, single cell gene expression, and stem cell biology approaches to study genes uniquely expressed in human neural stem cells. Because the development of the human brain involves many of the same processes - increased proliferation, migration, and angiogenesis - that become dysregulated in brain tumors, these genes with specific neural stem cell expression may serve as therapeutic targets and diagnostic markers of brain tumor stem cells that initiate glioblastoma and other cancers. 

Project title: "Regulation of proliferation, migration and angiogenesis by genes uniquely expressed in human neural stem cells"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Arnold R. Kriegstein, MD, PhD
Cancer Type: Brain
Research Area: Developmental Biology