Estela Jacinto
Department: Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Phone: 1.7322354476
Email: jacintes@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research & Public Health Bldg., Room 260
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Key Words: Signal transduction, cancer, insulin, metabolism, T lymphocytes
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Research in my lab aims to understand how nutrients and growth factors control intracellular signaling pathways and how these pathways are coupled to cellular metabolism. We specifically focus on the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway and how it plays a role in cancer metabolism, diabetes and T cell biology. Our goal is to understand how cells rewire metabolic processes in response to genetic and environmental changes and how we can manipulate this reprogramming process to improve immunotherapy and develop more effective therapeutic strategies for cancer and other metabolic disorders.  We use both mammalian cell and mouse models and employ techniques including proteomics/genomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry, biochemical and cell biology techniques.