Isaiah Reeves has always been interested in the fundamental mechanisms of biological systems: from biochemical reactions to ecosystems. The top-tier research opportunities that St. Jude provides have allowed Reeves to nuture his curiosity and probe into some of the most important biological questions regarding human disease.
Reeves earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2018 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While there, he worked in the lab of Brad Binder, PhD, studying the receptors of the plant hormone ethylene in plants and symbiotic bacteria.
Reeves is currently working in the lab of Andrew M. Davidoff, MD, Surgery, where he is testing the effect of MYC inhibition in hepatocellular carcinoma.
“Trying to understand the world around me has led me to fall in love with biology,” he says. “Without knowledge of the complex machinery of how our cells function, there can be no comprehensive understanding of how our bodies work.”
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Dissertation: MYC Inhibition in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Utilizing an AAV Vector