Congrats to Saumya Bollam on new publication!
Saumya Bollam, who graduated from the biology department this past spring, recently had her thesis work accepted by Developmental Cell. Her co-first authorship is shared with Yuhao Shi another Georgetown undergraduate studying in the NHS. Sean Laughlin, a former Global Health major, was also a co-author. The article is already online and will be published November 23rd in print.
The article demonstrates how inflammation can slow early development of cancer linked to a mutant Neurofibromin 2 (NF2) gene. It also shows that, once tumors are established, inflammation speeds up their growth. This research highlights both the beneficial and detrimental effects of inflammation.