Alyssa Shephard – The Curious Sheep

Alyssa Shephard The Curious Sheep

Cancer research, molecular biology

About Alyssa

My name is Alyssa Shephard, and I’m a 2nd year PhD student at The Scripps Research Institute. My work focuses on identifying cancer resistance mechanisms in naked mole rats. Naked mole rats are long-lived rodents yet don’t appear to develop cancer or other age-related issues. Resistance mechanisms have been identified in naked mole rat cells throughout the past 10 years, but all mechanisms were identified in vitro. There is a general lack on in vivo work, so my project is determining how these resistance mechanisms may function in an in vivo, physiological context.


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