Dustin Hancks, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
University of Utah, School of Medicine
August 16, 2017
Viruses and cancer have a surprising number of things in common: each can alter the metabolism of cells, cause rapid cellular proliferation, and also inactivate host immune defenses. Using viruses to better understand how cells work can lead to insights about what happens when functions and processes go wrong; and, even more importantly, lead to discoveries about how to interfere with cancer and stop its usurpation of normal cellular functions.
To better understand the high-stakes molecular chess match between viruses and host cells, molecular biologist Dustin Hancks was recruited in 2017 to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Immunology. He came to Dallas from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in evolutionary biology, with the help of a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT.