Richard L. Possemato, Ph.D.

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Department of Pathology
Institution
Perlmutter Cancer Center, New York University School of Medicine
Address
550 First Avenue
MSB 504
City, State, Zip
New York, NY 10016
Phone
(646) 501-0289
E-mail
richard.possemato[at]nyumc.org
Website
www.possematolab.com
Research Field
Molecular Biology; Metabolism
Award Year
2016

Research

My lab is interested in understanding the way cancer cells utilize nutrients compared with normally dividing cells, and how to exploit these distinct differences as potential targets for therapy. For example, recent work from my lab indicates that certain cancer cells rely on increased production of the amino acid serine, a key metabolite for building DNA and other important molecules in the cell. To build on this observation, I will harness a mouse model of liver regeneration to pinpoint differences in the ways normal proliferating cells and cancer forming cells process and utilize nutrients for survival. Further, I propose to develop novel methodologies that will directly dissect how these metabolic pathways are regulated during different phases of cell growth and division—findings that could lead to potential metabolic targets for anti-cancer therapy.