Damon Runyon Researchers

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Ankur Jain, PhD

Dr. Jain focuses on understanding how the level of mRNA species in the cell is regulated. Disruption of these regulatory processes can lead to cancer initiation and progression. These processes are carried out at discrete cytoplasmic non-membrane bound organelles called processing bodies (P-bodies). He aims to develop a molecular understanding of P-body architecture, assembly rules, and their role in gene regulation. 

Project title: "Formation and function of mRNA processing bodies"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Ronald D. Vale, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: RNA (RNA processing, miRNA and piRNA mechanisms, enzymatic RNAs, etc.)