On September 1, Robert Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant. The grant is titled, “(PQ3) Understanding the Interactions between Germline and Somatic Alterations in the Pathogenesis of Gliomas.” The hypothesis is that mutations in the germline interact with mutations acquired by somatic cells to accelerate the development of a glioma, a type of tumor found in the central nervous system. A future goal of the research will expand the study to clinical specimens and then translate these findings into patient care. More information on Dr. Jenkin’s and his work can be found in a recent Nature article.
Dr. Jenkins is the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Individualized Medicine Research and a Consultant in the Division of Laboratory Genetics and Genomics. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.