Funded by the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and the V Foundation Wine Celebration in honor of Jon Batiste and Suleika Jaouad, and Christian and Ella Hoff
Leukemia is a cancer involving a type of blood cell. Some of these cancers can be especially difficult to treat because of their aggressive nature. My lab researches a type of blood cancer that causes death in nearly 4 out of 10 children who are diagnosed with this disease. Based on prior experience, we know that some characteristics of this cancer can lead to worse outcomes in children, but we don’t fully understand all of them. My research aims to discover a more detailed understanding of what causes these cancers to act aggressively, so we can then use this information to find new treatments to cure this type of cancer.