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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Aaron Johnson, PhD



Molecular Oncology


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


The student must have completed two years of college and have at least a small amount of biochemistry lab training.

Number of Openings: 1


The overall goal of this project is to understand the molecular mechanisms of chromatin-interacting long noncoding RNAs in gene silencing that contribute to cancer progression.


The student will initially work closely with members of the laboratory to then develop a discrete project studying the biochemistry and molecular biology of a cancer-associated RNA that transits through the nucleus to repress gene expression.
Our work focuses on certain members of this trans-acting RNA family that can either contribute to the pathways that defend against cancer, or have been show to drive tumor development and metastasis.

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