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Jason Newton, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Cell Signaling

Department affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University (2013)

Research description

My current research focus includes examining the roles that sphingosine kinase 1 and sphingosine kinase 2 play in the development of cancer. I examine the role that de novo sphingolipid biogenesis plays in helping cancer cells avoid cellular death after chemotherapeutic treatment. This work focuses on sphingolipid metabolism, namely the balance between the pro-life metabolite sphingosine 1 phosphate and pro-death metabolite ceramide.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Brain & nervous system, Respiratory/lung

Research keywords

Autophagy,Cancer cell biology,Cell signaling,Drug discovery,Lipid signaling,Metabolism

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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