Damon Runyon Researchers

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Jessica P. Lao, PhD

Dr. Lao focuses on genome instability and altered metabolism, which are common characteristics of cancer. The "DNA damage checkpoint" detects and repairs DNA damage to maintain genomic integrity and has also been implicated in regulating metabolism through an unknown mechanism. Identifying metabolic targets of the DNA damage checkpoint will advance our knowledge of the underlying signaling pathway and provide additional targets for cancer therapy. 

Project title: "Identifying metabolic targets of the DNA damage checkpoint"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): David P. Toczyski, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Biochemistry