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Kelly Higa

M.D./Ph.D. candidate, Immunology Graduate Program and Medical Scientist Training Program


Honolulu, Hawaii


University of Hawaii
B.S. Microbiology

University of Hawaii
M.S. Microbiology


Aging is associated with increased inflammation, decreased functionality of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), and increased incidence of leukemia. My research attempts to determine whether reducing aging-associated inflammation can prevent age-related decline in HSC function and thus prevent a context in which HSC carrying adaptive oncogenic mutations can expand and drive leukemia. Understanding how aging and inflammation impact HSC function and the development of leukemia will uncover novel ways to prevent and treat leukemia.


Link to Kelly's Publications