The discovery and optimization of precision medicine-based anti-cancer therapeutics.
Kian Behbakht, MD:
University of Colorado Extraordinary Service Award (2013)
Resident Teaching Award - University of Colorado Denver (2009)
NCI K-12 Clinical Oncology Scholars Award (2003-2007)
Cook County Hospital Excellence in Teaching Award (2002)
American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award (1995)
Fellow Research Award - Rush Medical College (1994)
Resident Surgical Skills Award - Rush Medical College (1993)
Galloway Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology - Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1991)
Dr. Lindsay Wheeler has successfully utilized a cutting-edge genetic engineering tool (CRISPR/Cas9) to explore the role of each gene in the process of ovarian cancer dissemination. This is one of the first successful CRISPR/Cas9 screen executed at the University of Colorado |Anschutz Medical Campus by an independent laboratory. The goals are to utilize these findings to develop prognostic biomarkers and to identify novel ovarian cancer vulnerabilities.
Dr. Levi Watson, a post-doctoral fellow, is studying how cellular instructions, DNA, are differentially interpreted in PARP inhibitor resistant ovarian cancers. He has identified two enzymes that are key contributors to resistance. His current work involves using novel drugs to inhibit these enzymes, with the long-term goal of developing a new therapeutic combination to reverse PARPinhibitor resistance. His work was selected for an oral presentation at a specialized Association of American Cancer Research conference.
The research projects of the Bitler lab are aimed to elucidate mechanisms of targeted therapy resistance in gynecologic cancers, to develop novel combinatorial therapeutic strategies, and to improve diagnostic tools. The lab is based in a strong clinical department (Obstetrics/Gynecology), which facilitates highly impactful and translational research. The approaches that are commonly used in the lab are: tissue culture, molecular biology (DNA/RNA/protein assays), chromatin immunoprecipitation, next generation sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9, and animal studies. The post-doctoral fellow will be supported through an already funded grant mechanism.