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Physician scientist Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a nationwide, multidisciplinary team of scientists recently awarded an $8.8 million National Cancer Institute grant to study a breast and ovarian cancer-related protein.

The protein, an enzyme called DNA polymerase theta, is known to be involved in the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, but is otherwise poorly understood. The grant will fund research to better understand this enzyme, which in turn should provide clues as to how to stop it from participating in the development of breast and ovarian cancer.

For more information about this research and the other study participants, please follow this link.

Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD