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EMBO Young Investigator

Elizabeth Murchison

University of Cambridge, Cambridge | United Kingdom

YIP 2018–2023

Transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils

Our lab investigates the origins, evolution and host interactions of clonally transmissible cancers. These are cancers which can transmit between hosts via the physical transfer of living cancer cells as allogeneic grafts. In mammals, transmissible cancers are only known to naturally occur in dogs and Tasmanian devils. We primarily use genetics to assess how these lineages arise, persist and spread through populations.

Keywords: Transmissible cancer / Tasmanian devils / dogs / cancer genomics / evolutionary biology

Subject area(s): Genome Stability & Dynamics | Genomic & Computational Biology | Evolution & Ecology