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Nasim Sabouri group

Research group Maintenance of genome integrity by DNA helicases.


Nasim Sabouri
Associate professor

One of the challenges in cancer biology is to understand what happens when the molecular mechanisms of a normal cell become dysfunctional and cause cancer. Maintaining genome stability during DNA synthesis is critical to prevent diseases. We are studying how genome integrity is preserved and the consequences of modifying the program of DNA replication.

Replication fork movement does not proceed smoothly throughout the genome, but encounters multiple types of impediments. DNA regions that are bound by non-nucleosomal protein complexes and sequences that form secondary DNA structures are known natural impediments to the replication fork. We are using the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe to study how replication fork is coordinated at natural fork impediments. We aim to elucidate factors that facilitate fork progression to ensure genome stability.

Head of research

Nasim Sabouri
Associate professor


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics

Research area

Cancer, Infection biology, Molecular biology and genetics
Four-stranded DNA in a new type of cancer therapy

Nasim Sabouris research findings are forming the basis for efforts to develop new cancer therapeutics.

Research on cells' power plants and cancer receives funding

Paulina Wanrooij named new Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Nasim Sabouri gets another five-years of funding.

Umeå researchers discover molecule for cancer diagnostics

Four-stranded DNA associated with the onset of cancer can be detected with a fluorescent molecule.

Latest update: 2022-11-15