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Janice Telfer

Janice Telfer
Associate Professor
Immune System Development
(413) 545-5564
(413) 545-6326
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
427D Integrated Sciences Building
University of Massachusetts
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9301

All of the cells of the blood descend from the progeny of hematopoietic stem cells resident in the bone marrow. Hematopoietic stem cells are very long-lived: they survive and divide for the life of the organism. Their daughter cells go through a period of development in which they become more and more specialized, turning on and off the expression of specific genes, until they are fully differentiated. The subversion of this process of normal development often results in cancer. My laboratory is interested in how the regulation of gene expression by the RUNX family of transcription factors influences the development and cancerous transformation of cells of the immune system.