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Crystal Marconett, Ph.D
Research performed at: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Specialty/Research Area: Lung Cancer
Award Year: 2017
Career summary: Dr. Marconett is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Departments of Surgery and Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine, and is part of the USC Norris Cancer Center at the Keck School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005 and her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Cell and Developmental Biology emphasis from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. While at UC Berkeley she was the recipient of the California Breast Cancer Research Foundation predoctoral scholar’s grant. She was an ACS/Canary postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Ite A. Laird-Offringa from 2010-2013.
Year STOP CANCER Award was received:  2017 Howard and Andree Shore Seed Grant 

Research Statement: Dr. Marconett studies the effect of long noncoding RNAs on lung cancer development. She has identified a specific target, LINC00261, that inhibits tumor cell growth and proliferation. Dr. Marconett seeks to understand how long non-coding RNAs, specifically LINC00261, affect the progression of tumors as they spread throughout the body.

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