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Corey Hayford

Chemical and Physical Biology PhD Candidate, Vito Quaranta Lab


Research Area

Experimental and computational systems biology of melanoma drug response dynamics.

The general theme of my research lies in understanding pre-existing, non-genetic mechanisms of tumor recurrence in melanoma. In traditional cancer biology, tumor recurrence is usually only associated with genetic mutations. In my work, I hypothesize that pre-existing cancer heterogeneity confers initial resistance to targeted therapies, allowing for tumor recurrence in patients. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind tumor recurrence in melanoma, I study cancer cell response to drugs at the single-cell level by isolating clonal populations and understanding long-term response dynamics.

Faculty Mentor

Vito Quaranta

Undergraduate Institution

The University of Texas at Austin