The central theme of the Developmental Biology (DB) Program is that cancer is often the result of corrupted developmental regulatory networks. We strive to use the powerful molecular genetics available in model organisms to understand fundamental signaling processes underlying normal development, and the abnormalities in these pathways that can lead to cancer. The goal is to provide key new targets for chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic interventions. Program Membership: Since the last renewal, the Developmental Biology Program has undergone several leadership changes. Dr. Bryant stepped down as the program leader to focus on rejuvenating the Graduate Program in Molecular Biology Genetics and Biochemistry and was replaced by Dr. Blumberg. After his stint as Graduate director ended, Dr. Bryant rejoined the program as Co-Leader in 2006 and was replaced by Dr. Marsh in 2007. Drs. Bode and Fallon retired and Dr. Brachmann transitioned to Associate Member. New Members include Dr. Maike Sander who moved from GF, and Drs. Peter Donovan, Taosheng Huang, Tom Schilling, and Rahul Warrior who joined the Program. The DB Program has 16 Members, representing five Departments and two Schools, and has $5,019,083 in direct cancer-related peer-reviewed funding, 1 project of which is funded by NCI for a direct total of $152,000. In 2007, Members published a total of 28 publications with 18 of those being cancer-related of which 22% were inter- and 6% were intra-related.

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Han, Han; Qi, Ruxi; Zhou, Jeff Jiajing et al. (2018) Regulation of the Hippo Pathway by Phosphatidic Acid-Mediated Lipid-Protein Interaction. Mol Cell 72:328-340.e8
Solares, Edwin A; Chakraborty, Mahul; Miller, Danny E et al. (2018) Rapid Low-Cost Assembly of the Drosophila melanogaster Reference Genome Using Low-Coverage, Long-Read Sequencing. G3 (Bethesda) 8:3143-3154
Wang, Yajun; Ngor, Arlene K; Nikoomanzar, Ali et al. (2018) Evolution of a General RNA-Cleaving FANA Enzyme. Nat Commun 9:5067
Qiu, Xiaolong; Lombardo, Jeremy A; Westerhof, Trisha M et al. (2018) Microfluidic filter device with nylon mesh membranes efficiently dissociates cell aggregates and digested tissue into single cells. Lab Chip 18:2776-2786
Patterson, Kurt; Yu, James; Landberg, Jenny et al. (2018) Functional genomics for the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. Metab Eng 48:184-196
Lee, J Scott; Roberts, Andrew; Juarez, Dennis et al. (2018) Statins enhance efficacy of venetoclax in blood cancers. Sci Transl Med 10:
Sierra, Robert A; Hoverter, Nathan P; Ramirez, Ricardo N et al. (2018) TCF7L1 suppresses primitive streak gene expression to support human embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Development 145:
Maciejewski, Sonia; Ullmer, Wendy; Semler, Bert L (2018) VPg unlinkase/TDP2 in cardiovirus infected cells: Re-localization and proteolytic cleavage. Virology 516:139-146
Konstorum, Anna; Lowengrub, John S (2018) Activation of the HGF/c-Met axis in the tumor microenvironment: A multispecies model. J Theor Biol 439:86-99
Yan, Huaming; Konstorum, Anna; Lowengrub, John S (2018) Three-Dimensional Spatiotemporal Modeling of Colon Cancer Organoids Reveals that Multimodal Control of Stem Cell Self-Renewal is a Critical Determinant of Size and Shape in Early Stages of Tumor Growth. Bull Math Biol 80:1404-1433

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