Inder M. Verma

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Election Year: 1997
Primary Section: 41, Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology
Secondary Section: 44, Microbial Biology
Membership Type: Member

Research Interests

My scientific work has been in the area of cancer genetics and gene therapy. My laboratory was involved in the identification and molecular characterization of a number of oncogenes and their cellular counterpart, the proto-oncogenes. The work in my laboratory provided strong support to the notion that normal cellular genes have the ability to cause cancer, "the enemy within." The laboratory also established the biochemical function of numbers of proto-oncogenes by showing their direct involvement in cell growth, differentiation, and development. My colleagues and I have shown that viral vectors can be generated to introduce genes into animals to correct genetic defects. My laboratory has been working on correcting hemophilia B defect, a clotting disorder by using a variety of viral vectors. Additionally, my laboratory is also developing better and more efficient ways to transfer genes to cure both genetic and acquired diseases.

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