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Wenqing Li, Ph.D.
Dr. Li's research goal is to understand the intracellular pathways related to the IL-7 effects on T cell apoptosis and proliferation. She found that IL-7 promotes T cell survival and division by blocking degradation of Mcl-1 and inducing degradation of the cell cycle inhibitor p27kip1. Her current work is focused on identifying the ubiquitination pathways that IL-7 controls the stability of Mcl-1 and p27kip1 in T cells. The same pathways used by IL-7 may be preempted in carcinogenesis, since Mcl-1 is an oncogene and p27kip1 is a tumor suppressor.
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