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Danfeng Cai, PhD

Dr. Cai is interested in whether the state of cellular “protein crowdedness” can be used to differentiate healthy normal cells from cancer cells. Having the ability to monitor protein crowding and protein-folding landscapes within cells could provide a valuable “readout” for changes in metabolism and the overall health or dysfunction of cells.

Project title: "Protein crowding and protein folding landscapes as predictors of healthy and diseased cell states"
Institution: National Institutes of Health
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Biophysics