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Jorge Torres, Ph.D.

December 14, 2011

Dr. Jorge Torres of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center used his 2010 V Scholar Grant for a study that led to the discovery that suppressing a newly identified protein vital to cell division stops certain cancer cells from proliferating and kills them quickly. In seeking new targets for anti-cancer therapies, Torres and his colleagues found that depleting the protein, called STARD9, also helped the commonly used chemotherapy drug Taxol to work more effectively against certain cancers.