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Dr. Monique Speirs


B.S. Biology, Wilson College
PhD. Biochemsity, BYU

It was originally believed that genetic mutations are the driving force of cancer. However, as our knowledge of regulation at the levels of mRNA and protein steadily increases, it is becoming questionable whether or not DNA is the sole player in disease onset and progression. I am studying protein kinetics and metabolism in different cancer types including chemoresistant and chemosensitive breast cancer to identify specific processes that trigger cancer cell fitness and growth. Protein metabolism is a promising target for improving current anti-cancer drugs and developing new alternatives to chemotherapy.