Maralice Conacci-Sorrell, Ph.D.
Maralice Conacci-Sorrell, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Titles & Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: RR150059
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date Awarded: 
May 20, 2015
Grant Amount: 
$2,000,000

Dr. Maralice Sorrell earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Morphology (anatomy, histology, and cell biology) from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.  After completing her Masters, she joined the lab of Dr. Avri Ben-Ze’ev at the Weizmann Institute where she received a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology studying the interplay between the WNT pathway and cell-cell adhesion.

Funded by an EMBO fellowship, Dr. Sorrell joined the lab of Dr. Robert Eisenman at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for a postdoctoral training. There she discovered a novel pathway regulating MYC levels and function in normal and in cancer cells.

In September 2015, Dr. Sorrell joined the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology at UTSW. In the lab, Dr. Sorrell uses integrative approaches to understand the fundamental functions of MYC in normal and in cancer cells. Dr. Sorrell’s goal is to identify vulnerabilities of cancer cells that can be exploited to limit tumor growth.