Director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Leukemia Center; Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics; Grayer Family Chair
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.
This work has been recognized by several awards including the McCulloch and Till Award from the International Society of Experimental Hematology (2009), which recognizes international leaders in stem cell biology; the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2011); the E. Mead JohnsonAward for outstanding research from the Society for Pediatric Research; and the William Dameshek Prize from the American Society of Hematology (2014).
- Clinical Expertise: Pediatric Leukemia; New Therapies; Cancer Biology
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
- Residencies: Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Boston
- Fellowships: Children's Hospital of Boston; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School
- Board Certifications: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
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