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Luis Cortez

M1-P1


I graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics, with minors in chemistry and physics. During my time at WSU I worked with Dr. Steven Roberts, assisting his investigations into how mutations in DNA contribute to disease origination and whether the processes that cause mutations can be prevented to mitigate disease. Using yeast and human cell culture, I investigated how the APOBEC cytidine deaminases (which normally function as part of the innate immune system but when dysregulated can have off target activity towards genomic DNA creating genetic diversity within cancer genomes leading to chemotherapeutic resistance) induce DNA damage and the pathways by which cells mitigate their effects.

I intend to continue investigating how endogenous and environmental factors contribute to decreases in healthspan and lifespan and ways by which those factors may be mitigated to decrease human morbidity and mortality.

Last modified: Jul 01, 2019

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Luis Cortez
M1-P1

lcortez2@kumc.edu

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