I am a pediatric oncologist who is interested in developing new therapies that are less toxic and more effective.
The work in my lab has led to several findings that point to potential new therapies for children and adults with leukemia. We have made fundamental discoveries demonstrating that leukemias are related to, but distinct from, normal blood stem cells and are defined by dependence on stem cell–associated pathways activated in an inappropriate developmental context. We have also recently identified changes in DNA structure as a critical initial step in leukemia development. This has led to the discovery of small molecules that can reverse this process and eradicate leukemia cells. These studies have led to the development of new therapeutic approaches that are now being tested in patients.