Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System and UCLA
Project Research Scientist
I have a broad background in cancer biology with more than 12 years of research experience. Currently my work focuses on the effect of hypoxia on multiple myeloma cells and studying the effect of inhibiting HIF (hypoxia inducible factor) in cell proliferation and apoptosis.
My previous research involved studies to understand the molecular mechanisms of tumor development and the effects of targeting these gene networks using therapeutic agents. Using a cervical cancer model, I was involved in characterizing the tumor suppressor gene, cystatin E/M, in cell lines and primary tumor samples. In addition, I have worked extensively on the effect of curcumin, a natural plant compound, and its role as a tumor suppressor in head and neck cancers.
I am well versed in cancer biology and have extensive experience in biochemical, molecular, and microscopic analyses of clinical samples.