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Robert Hesse, B.S.

Graduate student (BMS 2010)

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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Biomedical Science Graduate Program
  • Developmental biology
  • Oncology
  • Regeneration

My research is focused on why some animals regenerate their limbs while others (mammals) do not. This is a question that has been asked for centuries, and there is probably no one answer. However, I have focused on a mammalian tumor suppressor that does not exist in highly regenerative species. This gene, ARF, is a very sensitive sensor of proliferative signaling, and we hypothesize that ARF evolved to strengthen tumor fighting mechanisms at the expense of regenerative abilities.

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