Experimental & Developmental Therapeutics Research Highlights

Disrupting DNA pathways: John Turchi, PhD

John Turchi, PhD, recently received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a novel therapy to treat lung cancer.

Dr. Turchi’s lab is studying a protein called replication protein A (RPA), which binds to single-strand DNA to signal DNA damage response (DDR) to repair the damage and make new cells.

They crafted a small drug-like molecule designed to disrupt the DNA repair pathways that allow lung cancer cells to continue replicating and tumors to grow. They’re now poised to move findings from the lab towards clinical applications.

Collaborators on the NCI grant include EDT members Karen Pollok, PhD, director of the In Vivo Therapeutics Core, and physician-scientists Shadia Jalal, MD, and Catherine Sears, MD.

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Meet Dr. Turchi

The complementary expertise of the many cancer center researchers is going to allow us to answer some really important questions and ultimately impact patients’ lives.

John Turchi, PhD — Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation Professor of Lung Cancer Research


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