Our goal is to understand how cells safe-guard their genetic information. We want to know how they do this during their normal course of life as well as when they become exposed to external insults like radiation that can damage DNA. Loss of genetic information can result in death and disease. By understanding how cells safe-guard their genetic information, we may help prevent or treat diseases that result from loss of genetic information such as cancer.
We use Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) in our studies because it is a good model for human biology (read more about this).