PhD student in Physiology
Award-winning publication: The miR-17~92 microRNA Cluster Is a Global Regulator of Tumor Metabolism
Published in: Cell Reports
Cancer is a genetic disease that arises from uncontrolled cell growth. Because this explosive development is very demanding in terms of energy, cancer cells must adapt their metabolism accordingly. Cancer cells therefore adopt extremely active metabolic programs that provide energy and molecular elements to fuel cell division and tumor growth. Said Izreig examined how cancer cells—and lymphoma in particular—modify their metabolism. By preventing this transformation, he is seeking to starve the cancer cells. Lacking the energy they need, they will no longer be able to divide and cause tumors to spread.