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Dylan M. Parker, PhD

Dr. Parker [HHMI Fellow] studies the role of molecular assemblies known as stress granules that form when cells are exposed to stressful conditions. The assembly of stress granules upon cellular insult is thought to regulate gene expression and modulate cell survival. Notably, stress granules are present in various cancers and many chemotherapeutic treatments lead to the formation of stress granules. Dr. Parker aims to determine the mechanisms regulating stress granule assembly and disassembly to understand how stress granule formation supports the development of cancer and chemotherapy-resistant tumors. This research has the potential to discover novel targets to treat cancers as well as sensitize chemotherapy-resistant cancers to existing treatments. Dr. Parker received his PhD from Colorado State University and his BS from the University of Oregon.

Project title: "Stress granule regulators and their roles in cancer progression"
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Named Award: HHMI Fellow
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Roy R. Parker, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Biochemistry