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Shining light on the cancer genome [IRB Research Nodes Seminar]

17 Jan 24

Speaker: Prof. Erik Larsson Lekholm

Group Leader - Human Genomics and Bioinformatics Group, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell biology, University of Gotheburg, Sweden




Host: Dr. Fran Supek, Group Leader - Genome Data Science - IRB Barcelona 

Node: Computational Biology / Preclinical Models of Cancer

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2024, 12.00h

Place: Auditorium Room


IMPORTANT: For attendees outside the PCB community you must register at least 24h before the seminar.



In this talk, I will describe some of our efforts to unravel mechanisms governing mutation distribution and recurrence in cancer genomes, motivated in part by the goal of improving the identification of cancer driver mutations. Specifically, we have come to focus on mutagenesis by ultraviolet (UV) light in skin cancers and mutations in non-coding DNA. Skin cancers pose a unique challenge due to the presence of numerous potent UV mutagenesis hotspots in gene regulatory regions; a type of localized mutational phenomenon that has confounded the search for recurrent non-coding driver events. To decipher the mechanism underlying such mutation hotspots, we have used a combination of computational and experimental techniques, including high-throughput UV damage lesion mapping by CPD-seq and, more recently, Capture CPD-seq. I will also discuss some of our ongoing research that builds upon these findings and methods. This includes new computational methodology for driver mutation discovery and the utilization of UV damage mapping as a tool to study protein-DNA interactions.