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Frank Slack

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2010 - Autumn


Frank Slack, Ph.D., professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, was appointed director of Yale Cancer Center’s Genetics and Genomics Research Program this spring. Slack uses the roundworm C. elegans to study the role of microRNAs in gene expression. His research has shown that the human microRNA let-7 is expressed in the lung and regulates the expression of important oncogenes implicated in lung cancer. He now focuses on the role of let-7 in regulating proto-oncogene expression during lung development and cancer.