Human Biology Division - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Human Biology Division

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Integrating fundamental, applied and translational scientists to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases.

Human Biology researchers come together to form a multidisciplinary team that is influenced by individual advances. Their diverse expertise include molecular and cell biology, genomics, genetics, virology, infectious disease, computational biology, pathology and clinical research. Grounded in high-quality basic science, the research performed in Human Biology blends fundamental, applied, and translational research performed in model organisms and in vitro systems.


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Dr. Denise Galloway gets inducted into Washington Life Science Hall of Fame. This hall of fame honors “innovative leaders and industry pioneers in Washington state who have made a significant contribution to the life sciences.”
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Glioblastoma is a deadly cancer that is largely unresponsive to treatment. There are a variety of immune cells that, in some cases, have been shown to promote tumor growth. Targeting these cells could serve as a potential therapy, however these immune and tumor cells are poorly understood. Authors from the Holland lab and colleagues from the University of Washington and Emory University examine one molecule that is thought to play a role in these interactions.
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Dr. Sita Kugel receives a one-year $100,000 grant from the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation to study how a gene involved in modifying DNA may contribute to suppressing the development of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
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Interferons (IFN) are small proteins that are produced and secreted by host cells as a protective mechanism following viral infection. A study done by the Emerman Lab identified a protein that plays a large role in protecting SAMHD1 from degradation.
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Together Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and SCCA are working to develop the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers. The primary goal is to translate laboratory sciences into the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers.
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Dr. Nina Salama receives one of the PAM IRC Innovation Awards to examine how the stomach pathogen h-pylori may influence the development of gastric cancer subtypes and the immune response to gastric cancer.
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Dr. Alice Berger receives the Lori Monroe Scholarship for Lung Cancer Research. She will use the scholarship to further her scientific focus on the genetics of lung cancer in women who have never smoked.
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A virus can only enter a host cell if specific receptors are present on the host cell surface. In order for HIV-1 to bind to a host cell, glycoprotein CD4 must be present. John Nahabedian and his colleagues in the Overbaugh lab are working to better understand the functions of these receptors.
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A new study, led by Drs. Stephen Tapscott and Amy Campbell, has revealed more players in the pathway of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. Their study, published in eLife, is the first to systematically identify proteins involved in repressing the FSHD-triggering gene, DUX4.
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Dr. Chris Kemp and collaborators receive two new National Cancer Institute grants, totaling more than $7 million, to further their new drug trial against head and neck cancer.
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