Jason Liu, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California at San Diego
November 19, 2015
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Texas, and in more than 70 percent of cases, the hormone estrogen and its receptor are crucial for its development. Hormone therapy can be initially successful in putting breast cancer into remission, but even then, more than 30 percent of those patients eventually develop resistance. When the cancer recurs it is more aggressive.
Now a biomedical scientist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, hopes to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat hormone-resistant breast cancers in South Texas.
Zhijie (Jason) Liu was recruited in 2016 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a project scientist, with the help of a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT.
Liu is investigating the regulation of genes involved in breast cancer, trying to understand which genes are turned on and off in cancer cells at different stages. He’s also interested in how estrogen regulates breast cancer to begin with and how cancer evolves to persist in the absence of estrogen.