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Dr. Judy Davie

Judy DavieJudy is a basic research scientist with a special interest in rhabdomyosarcoma. She was raised in the Washington D.C. area and earned her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley, studying gene regulatory mechanisms. She then went on to postdoctoral studies at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she studied both epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation and skeletal muscle development.

In 2006, she initiated her own lab at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with a dual focus on both myogenesis and rhabdomyosarcoma. This dual approach has given the lab several novel insights into the alterations that occur in rhabdomyosarcoma cells which promote oncogenesis. The goal of our research is to provide the molecular understanding necessary to enable the design of improved therapeutics for the treatment of rhabdomyosarcoma. The lab uses a host of molecular and cancer biology techniques to study rhabdomyosarcoma, including xenograft assays.

In this program, Dr. Judy Davie talks aboutpatient-derivedd xenografts (mouse models) and what scientists do with them and what they learn from them.