Zharko Daniloski, PhD student in the Smith Lab receives a Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Horizon Award from the Department of Defense

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Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:00am

Zharko obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. After graduating from college he decided to continue his studies at the Sackler Institute as a PhD student. He is conducting his research in the Smith lab, where he is investigating how sister chromatids are held together and correctly segregate in mitosis. His research focuses on the cohesin subunit STAG2 that is frequently mutationally inactivated in various tumor types. His work will address how STAG2 mutated tumors manage to remain euploid and how STAG2 mutation contributes to tumor pathogenesis.

The Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) Horizon Award was awarded to 28 graduate student and post-doctoral applicants in the field of cancer research. The award will provide funding support for their research for 1 year. The PRCRP was initiated in 2009 to provide support for cancer research of exceptional scientific merit.