Cancer

Hochedlinger Laboratory

Our lab tries to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying pluripotency and nuclear reprogramming. Pluripotency denotes the ability of cells, such as embryonic stem (ES) cells, to give rise to all cell types of the mammalian body, while nuclear reprogramming is the dedifferentiation of a specialized cell back into a pluripotent state. Reprogramming does not normally occur in vivo but can be achieved experimentally by nuclear transfer, ES cell-somatic cell fusion and by directly inducing embryonic genes in somatic cells, generating so-called induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells.

Zon Laboratory

Dr. Leonard Zon's laboratory focuses on the developmental biology of hematopoiesis and cancer. Over the past five years, we have collected over 30 mutants affecting the hematopoietic system. Some of the mutants represent excellent animal models of human disease. For instance, the isolation of the ferroportin iron transporter was based on a mutant zebrafish and subsequently was shown to be mutated in patients with iron overload disorders. The mutants also represent interesting key regulatory steps in the development of stem cells. Recently, a mutant was found that lacked blood stem cells...

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Verdine Laboratory

The research interests of the Verdine lab lie in the emerging area of chemical biology. We study biologic processes underlying growth and proliferation of human cancer cells, control of gene expression, and preservation of genomic integrity.

Our research has led to the invention of new and powerful approaches for the discovery of unconventional bioactive ligands termed "synthetic biologics" that have proven effective at addressing therapeutic targets previously considered "undruggable." Verdine and coworkers...

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