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Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.

Program co-leader of Cancer Molecular Genetics
Thelma Newmeyer Corman Endowed Chair in Cancer Research

Research program member: Cancer Molecular Genetics

P.O. Box 980033
Richmond, VA 23298-0033

(804) 628-3506



Professor and chair, Human and Molecular Genetics, VCU School of Medicine
Director, VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine, VCU School of Medicine


Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.Ph., Rutgers University

Research interests

Cancer, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases; development of techniques for genes involved in tumor growth and suppression, including the Mda-5 and Mda-7 genes; role of glutamate in inducing toxicity to neurons (excitotoxicity) and developing non-toxic drugs to prevent this process; cloned one of the major patent receptors for double-stranded RNAs associated with specific pathogenic viruses; identified regulatory regions of both mda-5 and RIG-I and are now using high throughput chemical library screening approaches to identify small molecules that can induce these genes and prevent viral pathogenesis

Published research

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