|Grant ID: R1214|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Columbia University Medical Center
August 02, 2012
Repairing DNA after it breaks is a crucial part of how genomes maintain their stability from one generation to the next. When this repair mechanism breaks down, defects in DNA are passed on and sometimes lead to cancer.
A biophysical chemist now at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking to better understand how this repair mechanism works in order to find ways to exploit it to cure cancer. Ilya Finkelstein joined the faculty of the department of chemistry & biochemistry in 2012 with a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT. He was recruited from Columbia University Medical Center, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.