The Kharas lab is working to identify critical pathways in both normal and leukemic hematopoietic stem cells (HSC).

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Pictured: Michael Kharas

Michael G Kharas, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Focus

Cancer biologist Michael Kharas studies RNA regulators of self-renewal in both normal and leukemic hematopoiesis.


PhD, University of California Irvine


  • Tzu-Chieh Ho, James Taggart & Michael G Kharas (2016): MUSASHI2 duels in Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Cell Cycle, DOI:10.1080/15384101.2016.1176401 
  • Taggart J, Ho TZ, Amin E, Xu H, Barlowe T, Perez AR, Tivnan P, Okabe R, Lengner C,Verma A, Roboz GJ, Guzman ML, Leslie CS, Nimer SD and Kharas MG.  MSI2 Is Required for Maintaining the Activated Myelodysplastic Syndrome Stem Cell. Nat Comm. 2016 Feb 22; 7:10739, PMCID: PMC4764878. 
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Selected Achievements

  • American Society of Hematology Junior Faculty Scholar Award (2011)
  • Kimmel Scholar Award (2013)
  • V-Scholar Award (2013)