The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has named Jacob Kirkland, Ph.D., as an assistant member in the foundation’s Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program. He joins OMRF from Stanford University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship.
Kirkland’s research focuses on why mistaken activation or repression of genes can lead to cancer and why certain genes are altered in some cancers but not in others. Understanding these basic processes will allow scientists to better predict which therapies will work best for individual patients on a case-by-case basis.
Kirkland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science and the American Association for Cancer Research.