Ka-wing (Will) Fong, PhD

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that affects men, and it’s one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Castration-resistant prostate cancer is a more advanced stage of the disease, which is harder to treat and can be life-threatening. Our research focuses on a protein called TRIM28, which is found at high levels in castration-resistant prostate cancer. We’ve discovered that TRIM28 promotes the growth of cancer cells by activating a specific oncogene. We believe that blocking TRIM28 could be a new way to treat castration-resistant prostate cancer, especially in patients who have lost an important tumor suppressor gene called RB1. Our goal is to develop new drugs that can block the activity of TRIM28, which could help to stop the growth of cancer cells and overcome cancer drug resistance. By better understanding the role of TRIM28 in castration-resistant prostate cancer, we hope to find new ways to treat this disease and improve the lives of patients.

Location: Markey Cancer Center - Lexington
Proposal: Targeting RSK-TRIM28-E2F1 axis Overcomes CDK4/6 Inhibitor Resistance in Lethal RB1 Deficient Prostate Cancer
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