Julia Kirshner, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Dr. Kirshner’s laboratory is actively investigating the role of microenvironment in maintaining the balance between self-renewal and differentiation of cancer stem cells. In addition to generating tumors, a cancer stem cell possesses characteristics of normal stem cells including proliferative quiescence and self-renewal potential. Patients suffering from both hematological malignancies and solid tumors often see their disease relapse due to the inability of the currently used therapies to target successfully cancer stem cells. Thus, determining which characteristics of the cancer stem cells can be therapeutically exploited is of utmost importance.
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