Travis Stracker photo.

Travis H. Stracker, Ph.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute


Travis Stracker’s research focuses on understanding how cells respond to DNA damage and maintain genomic stability. Defects in the cellular response to DNA damage underlie rare diseases associated with cancer predisposition and are exploitable vulnerabilities for cancer therapy. The lab uses a variety of approaches to further understand the signal transduction pathways triggered by radio and chemotherapy and to identify new therapeutic targets.

Areas of Expertise

DNA Damage Response
Chromosomal Instability
DNA Repair
Chromatin Assembly


Selected Recent Publications

Loss of the abasic site sensor HMCES is synthetic lethal with the activity of the APOBEC3A cytosine deaminase in cancer cells

Josep Biayna, Isabel Garcia-Cao, Miguel M. Álvarez, Marina Salvadores, Jose Espinosa-Carrasco, Marcel McCullough, Fran Supek, Travis H. Stracker
PLoS Biology. Mar 31;19(3):e3001176: 2021.
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[ Journal Article ]

Tousled-Like Kinases Suppress Innate Immune Signaling Triggered by Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres

SandraSegura-Bayona, MarinaVillamor-Payà, Camille Stephan-OttoAttolini, Lars M.Koenig, MariaSanchiz-Calvo, Simon J.Boulton, Travis H.Stracker
Cell Reports. Aug 4;32(5):107983: 2021.
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[ Journal Article ]

The Tousled-like kinases regulate genome and epigenome stability: implications in development and disease

Segura-Bayona S, Stracker TH.
Cell Mol Life Sci. 76(19): 3827-3841, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Tousled-like kinases stabilize replication forks and show synthetic lethality with checkpoint and PARP inhibitors

Lee SB, Segura-Bayona S, Villamor-Payà M, Saredi G, Todd MAM, Attolini CS, Chang TY, Stracker TH, Groth A.
Sci Adv. 4(8): eaat4985, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

Molecular basis of Tousled-Like Kinase 2 activation

Mortuza GB, Hermida D, Pedersen AK, Segura-Bayona S, López-Méndez B, Redondo P, Rüther P, Pozdnyakova I, Garrote AM, Muñoz IG, Villamor-Payà M, Jauset C, Olsen JV, Stracker TH, Montoya G.
Nat Commun. 9(1): 2535, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

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