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Welcome to the Starr Lab

Help us win a Light Cycler PCR machine from Roche

Watch our Taylor Swift inspired music video, written, sung and performed by the Starr Lab members pleading our case for why we need a real-time quantitative PCR machine from Roche. Spread the word on social media, as that is the criteria for winning. Click on the link below to watch the video.


Thanks to the Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research Foundation

The Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Foundation has raised a considerable amount of money to fund colon cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center.  We were the grateful recipients of a $25,000 grant from the foundation. Danna Mezin-Koats' story is truly inspiring. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.gutsandgrace.org 

Danna's story and our research were recently featured on a KARE11 news story.

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Back row: Brie Des Jardins, Nissi Paidimukkala, Brandon Zinda, Juan Abrahante, Erik Nyre, Tim Starr

Front row: Chris Clark, Lee Pribyl, Makayla Maile, Michelle Glasgow, Madison Weg, Ryan Pham, Dalbir Kour

Not pictured: Kate Wageman, Kaila Thatcher

Research in the Starr Lab

     In order to develop more effective cancer treatments we need to understand the underlying genetic causes of cancer. In the Starr lab we have developed transgenic mouse models that are capable of identifying the genetic changes that turn a normal cell into a cancerous cell. Using these models we have discovered a large number of genes that likely cause cancer in humans when mutated. We are currently studying the function of these genes in order to determine whether they could be targeted in cancer therapy. We are also working in close collaboration with bioinformaticists to use the data generated by our mouse models to define the genetic networks that are disrupted during cancer initiation and progression in human tumors. The long-term goal of our research is to develop combinatorial, targeted therapies for treating cancer patients.



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