|Grant ID: RR150044|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
May 20, 2015
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.