Alan Tomkinson, PhD

The Victor and Ruby Hansen Surface Endowed Chair
in Cancer Research

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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