Professor Tariq Enver

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Joined UCL’s Cancer Institute as Professor of Stem Cell Biology. He previously led a research team at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at Oxford University. Professor Enver is internationally known for his work on haematopoietic and leukemic stem cells. His team has made a series of important conceptual and practical advances in the study of blood stem cells and leukemia’s. His studies of normal blood stem cells have established the principals of how stem cells are configured in terms of their genetic circuitry.  These studies have already identified new genes that may be used to expand stem cells present in cord blood – a procedure that would significantly broaden the use of cord blood stem cells for transplantation of adults with leukemia. Professor Enver is currently applying the methodologies of the emerging interdisciplinary field of systems biology to develop these studies which should further enhance our ability to devise rational strategies to control stem cells and get them to behave in the way we would like them to both in the laboratory and in the patient.