Natalia Kirienko, Ph.D.
Natalia Kirienko, Ph.D.
Rice University
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of BioSciences

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR150044
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Date Awarded: 
May 20, 2015
Grant Amount: 

Mitochondria are not only the powerhouses but also the industrial factories of cells, managing energy resources and manufacturing necessary products. They also serve a vital role in monitoring a cell’s health. When mitochondria are damaged, cells either attempt to repair them or recycle their components to make new mitochondria. But if this fails, disabled mitochondria can trigger the death of the entire cell.

A molecular biologist at Rice University hopes to exploit this cellular suicide program to develop new anticancer therapies by deliberately damaging mitochondria in cancer cells in order to cause their death.

Natalia Kirienko was recruited in 2015 from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she was a postdoctoral researcher, with the help of a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT.

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