The Jackson Laboratory
My research interest is to understand the inner workings of cancer cells – the genetic and epigenetic heterogeneity that drive cancer initiation and progression. We utilize computational and sequencing methodologies to identify and characterize the essential epigenetic lesions that guide cancer cells to evolve and escape from anti-cancer therapy. The ultimate goal is to develop novel methods to predict and address tumor evolution.
Epigenetic Basis of Gender Differences in Pediatric GBM
CBTN specimen will be used for reduced representation bisulfite sequencing - we will be profiling the transcriptome and epigenome. We will then compare these profiles between boys and girls with pediatric GBM to identify lesions that cause the difference in clinical outcomes of these patients.
High-grade glioma/astrocytoma (WHO grade III/IV)
High-grade Gliomas (HGG) in children nearly always result in a dismal prognosis. Although novel therapeutic approaches are currently in development, preclinical testing has been limited, due to a lack of pediatric specific HGG preclinical models. These models are needed to help test the effective