Northeastern University

Genetic differences between early-onset and late-onset colorectal cancer patients

Arika Dwivedi with Dr. William Hahn (DFCI)

I am currently working in Dana Farber’s Department of Medical Oncology: Hahn Lab focusing on the genetic basis of colorectal cancer (CRC) and its metastasis. I specifically plan to research the genes and their corresponding mutations which differentiate early-onset CRC from late-onset. In essence, I will be determining a specific genetic marker which indicates whether a potential CRC patient will have the cancer at a younger age or an older one. In addition, I will be studying how the cancer and its metastasis may vary according to age.