Donaldson Translational Fellow
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2017
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Are you really what you eat? Our goal is to uncover the precise mechanisms that link nutrition to organismal health and disease states at the cellular and molecular level. A particular focus in our lab is to understand how dietary perturbations affect the immune system and contribute to the risk of diseases that are associated with immune dysfunction such as cancer.
Cells respond and adapt to the signals that they receive from their environment. Environmental factors such as nutrients affect cellular states by altering cell state-specific gene expression or metabolic programs. My research group investigates the causal cellular and molecular mechanisms that link nutrition to organismal health and disease. For example, diets that lead to obesity, such as high fat diets are significant environmental risk factors that influence cancer incidence and progression in several tissues. Although the interactions between tumor cells and the immune system play a significant role in tumorigenesis, little is known about how dietary perturbations impact immunity against cancer. Our studies interrogate the functional consequences of diets on immune recognition and response pathways that play critical role in cancer immunity. By identifying the altered gene expression and metabolic programs in the immune system in response to dietary perturbations, our goal is to uncover mechanistic links that can be therapeutically exploited for the treatment of diseases associated with immune dysfunction such as cancer.
The Janeway Award, New England Immunology Conference
Trainee Award, American Association of Immunologists
Outstanding Poster Award, International Society for Stem Cell Research
Zhongmei Chen Yong Travel Award for Scientific Excellence, International Society for Stem Cell Research
Merit Award, International Society for Stem Cell Research
Thermo-Fisher Trainee Achievement Award, American Association of Immunologists
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will study the genetic contributions of ethnicity to colon, endometrial, and pancreas cancers in African Americans.
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The Demerec building has been monumental in scientific history. Now, a $75 million renovation of this celebrated labspace will define CSHL’s future.
Event: Public Lecture – Diet & Disease: Exploring the relationship between nutrition and cancer
August 8, 2019
Please join us for a free public lecture exploring the relationship between nutrition and cancer.
Diet and Disease
June 26, 2019
Are you what you eat? Two experts explain how nutrition can influence how your body responds to a range of cancer and other illness.
CSHL Fellow Semir Beyaz wins three awards
July 11, 2018
Semir Beyaz has won three awards for his research on the impact of dietary choices on the body’s immunity against cancer
New CSHL Fellow studies nexus of diet, metabolism, and cancer
March 1, 2018
CSHL Fellow Semir Beyaz works on the effects of what we eat and how it affect the incidence of colorectal cancers.