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November 1, 2013

Yoshihiro Izumiya © UC Regents
Yoshihiro Izumiya

Yoshihiro Izumiya, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology, is the recipient of the American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant to support his research in oncogenic pathways of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV).

The four-year, $718,000 award will fund an investigation into how a single KSHV protein can silence tumor suppressor gene expression in cells infected with KSHV, inhibit cancer cell death and promote tumor cell proliferation. KSHV causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancer that is common in patients with AIDS, as well primary effusion lymphoma, a rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

“I am so grateful to my colleagues for their tireless effort and the American Cancer Society for generously funding this important research, especially at a time of dwindling federal research dollars,” said Izumiya. “We hope our work will provide insights into the molecular mechanisms of KSVH and other types of cancers, as well.”