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Member Research and Reports

Northwestern: Understanding the Relationship between Viruses and Cancer

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been associated with certain cancers, but the mechanisms of how the virus causes tumor growth is not yet understood. Fascinated by the relationship between viral infection and cancer development, Ms. Kamonwan “Pear” Fish studies how a viral protein from EBV can disrupt cell function and speed up tumor growth. Ms. Fish, a PhD/MPH student in the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences, works in the lab of Dr. Richard M. Longnecker, Dan and Bertha Spear Research Professor and professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research was recently published in Blood.