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Timothy J. Eisen, PhD

Dr. Eisen [David Ryland Fellow] studies how a class of enzymes known as the Tec kinases help to activate the immune response. Two of these kinases, Itk and Btk, are remarkably similar in sequence composition and structure but play distinct roles in immune cells. Dr. Eisen is using high-throughput methods to understand the differences between these enzymes. This work will also aid in the overall molecular understanding of Btk, which is a therapeutic target of B-cell lymphoma and is inhibited by the chemotherapeutic ibrutinib.

Project title: "Mechanistic dissection of Tec kinases in immune-cell signaling"
Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Named Award: David Ryland Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Jay Groves, PhD and John Kuriyan, PhD
Cancer Type: Blood
Research Area: Biochemistry