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Postdoctoral researchers Joana Faria da Silva and Abdelghani
Mazouzi have been awarded longterm fellowships by the European
Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) for their research at the
Netherlands Cancer Institute. The fellowship aims to stimulate the
career of young, talented researchers in an international
Joana Faria da Silva works in William Faller's research group,
which is interested in understanding the role that RNA translation
plays in colorectal cancer. Despite the significant improvement in
prognosis, colorectal cancer still remains highly fatal, stressing
the importance of a deeper knowledge of this disease. It has been
previously suggested that intestinal stem cells are at the basis of
colorectal cancer development. In her EMBO-project Joana aims to
understand the interplay between RNA translation and intestinal
stem cell dynamics and its relation to colorectal cancer.
Abdelghani Mazouzi is a postdoctoral fellow in the research
group of Thijn Brummelkamp, which is interested in developing and
using genetic approaches to study processes related to human
disease. Abdel obtained his EMBO-fellowship to study the
genetic interplay between novel factors associated with nucleic
acid modifications in the context of epigenetics and the DNA damage
response. "I am so excited to having received the EMBO-fellowship,
which will help me in using haploid genetics to gain novel insights
into complex biological systems", Abdel says.