Marcus B. Smolka

Cornell University, USA
Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University, and a member of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. He received a Ph. D. in Brazil, at the University of Campinas and worked as a visiting fellow with Dr. Ruedi Aebersold at the Institute for Systems Biology (Seattle). In 2003, Dr. Smolka moved to San Diego, CA for a post-doctorate at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, working with DNA damage checkpoint kinases and phosphoproteomics. Dr. Smolka joined Cornell in 2008, and in 2010 received the Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society. With funding from the NIH and the ACS, the Smolka Lab studies mechanisms of genome maintenance with a focus on DNA lesion detection and signaling. His lab uses mass spectrometry technologies, in combination with genetic and biochemical approaches, to elucidate the organization, dynamics and regulation of DNA damage signaling in yeast and mammals, and in the context of tumorigenesis and cancer therapy.