Relevant Degree Programs
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- Familiarize yourself with the program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit our graduate degree program listings and program-specific websites.
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The overall goal of my research program is to understand the molecular mechanisms and cellular functions of specific oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, miRNAs and their target genes in the regulation of the properties of cancer/leukemic stem cells, signal transduction events, initiation and progression of human leukemia and drug resistance. The ultimate objective is to identify molecules and pathways that will lead to new, rationally designed, more effective, and less toxic, personalized molecularly targeted therapies. In particular, we are extremely interested in developing mechanism-based combination therapeutic strategies that can directly target drug-insensitive leukemic stem cells.
Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision (2008-2017)
- Functional and structural study of the AHI-1 SH3 domain, characterization of the BCR-ABL-AHI-1-Dynamin-2 protein complex and investigation of oncogenic roles of dynamin-2 in chronic myeloid leukemia (2017)
- Characterization of novel therapeutic targets in chronic myeloid leukemia (2016)
- Clinical application and functional characterization of TOX in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (2016)
- Identification and characterization of novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers in chronic myeloid leukemia (2016)
- The role of BIN1 in the regulation of cell proliferation, apoptosis and tumor formation in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (2014)
Master's Student Supervision (2010-2017)
- Assessment of a potential therapeutic target in the Hedgehog pathway for the eradication of primitive chronic myeloid leukemia cells (2017)
- Targeting tyrosine kinase inhibitor-insensitive chronic myeloid leukemia stem/progenitor cells by effective inhibition of a novel PP2A-AHI-1-BCR-ABL-JAK2-complex (2015)
- An investigation into the role of C-terminal tensin-like protein (Cten) in melanomagenesis (2013)
- A novel oncogene AHI-1 interacts with BCR-ABL and JAK2 and mediates cellular resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors in CML (2010)
- PP2A inhibition sensitizes cancer stem cells to ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors in BCR-ABL + human leukemia (2018)
Damian Lai and Min Chen and Jiechuang Su and Xiaohu Liu and Katharina Rothe and Kaiji Hu and Donna L. Forrest and Connie J. Eaves and Gregg B. Morin and Xiaoyan Jiang
Science Translational Medicine 10 (427) eaan8735
- siRNA/Lipopolymer Nanoparticles to Arrest Growth of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cells In Vitro and In Vivo (2018)
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics