Dr. Raphael Ceccaldi is in the first year of a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. D’Andrea’s laboratory at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He recently graduated from Dr. Soulier’s laboratory in Paris, France where he conducted translational research on Fanconi anemia, working on the molecular basis of cancer progression in those patients. In addition to his training in science, he has a doctorate degree in Pharmacy, which provides a clinical context for his translational research efforts.
He is particularly interested in understanding the molecular interaction between different DNA repair pathways. He has focused his post-doctorate research on investigating potential compensatory mechanisms associated with defects in Homologous Recombinational DNA repair observed in ovarian cancer. The identification and characterization of those mechanisms will enable a better understanding of cancer progression and potentially inform therapeutic decisions in the treatment of ovarian cancers. He received the Medal of Residency in Medical Biology, Paris Hospital (2009), the award for best translational poster at the Annual Symposium of The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF, 2011), the Award Laurette Fugain for young researchers in the field of leukemia (2011), and the National Alexandre Joël award from the “Fondation ARC pour la Recherche sur le Cancer.” (2012)