|Grant ID: RR150085|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
August 19, 2015
Cancer genomics and sequencing have allowed researchers to discover new types of cellular control switches. For example, using sequencing, they have discovered a new type of RNA, called circular RNA, which seems to be prevalent in certain cancers. While circular RNAs exist in normal cells, there are cancer-specific ones that are highly expressed in some types of cancer.
A computational biologist now at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hopes to better understand circular RNA in order to potentially use it as a cancer biomarker or therapeutic target.