Klajdi Rrasa joined our department and Irene Orlow’s Lab as a Senior Research Technician, in May 2022. He obtained a master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Tirana, Albania, in 2017, and his experience includes the manipulation of DNA/RNA obtained from viruses and viroid particles.
Klajdi will participate in the Genes, Environment, and Melanoma (GEM) study. The current project is designed to help distinguish -at diagnosis- melanomas with a greater potential of being lethal from those that are very unlikely to lead the patient to recurrence and/or death. Klajdi’s contribution will include the evaluation of inherited genetic factors that may modulate the risk for developing melanoma with poor prognosis. He will also contribute to other ongoing studies, including the MSK Pancreatic Tumor Registry by managing biospecimens and associated data.