Alan Tomkinson, PhD


The Victor and Ruby Hansen Surface Endowed Chair
in Cancer Research


Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology


Associate Director
Basic Research, University of New Mexico Cancer Center


Vice Chief for Basic Research
Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, University  of New Mexico


 Full Member
Cancer Biology & Biotechnology Research Program


Doctoral Degree
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England (1983)
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics


Research Focus
My research interests are focused on the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair and recombination pathways that maintain genome stability. There are two compelling reasons for studying these processes. Firstly, abnormalities in these processes result in genome instability that in turn leads to increased cancer formation. Secondly, because of the differences in these processes between normal and cancer cells, a better understanding of these processes and how they are altered in cancer cells will provide a framework for developing improved and novel cancer therapies.


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