Paul Sirajuddin

About Paul Sirajuddin

Paul Sirajuddin is a postdoctoral fellow in radiation oncology, a writer and a photographer. When he isn’t zapping cells or shooting photos, he’s writing about science.

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Secret of weight loss may be primary care physician encouragement


It seems people are always struggling to lose weight, probably a result of the multitude of factors that can derail even the strongest of individuals’ willpower. And while there are multitudes of late-night infomercials claiming to hold the next breakthrough in weight loss supplements or aerobic machines, the most influential factor may not be found(...)

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Clinical trial to target cancer drugs to gene mutations for individualized therapy


Imagine a scenario where a patient comes into the clinic with a suspected cancer. The clinician not only confirms that the patient does indeed have cancer, but also identifies a specific gene abnormality that is driving the tumor. Without hesitating, the doctor prescribes a cancer drug that specifically targets the gene mutation responsible for the(...)

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Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Donald Coffey Honored for Cancer Research, Mentoring


At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting this past April,  Donald Coffey, Ph.D., was honored with the ninth annual Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research. The award recognizes individuals whose leadership and achievements have demonstrated a major impact in the cancer research. The contributions Dr. Coffey has(...)

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Postdoc Retreat Features Johns Hopkins Research, Professional Development


Imagine halls filled with chatter about obscure proteins that could one day be used to identify cancers, idiosyncratic assays to measure single RNA molecules in a cell and homebrew techniques to create the tastiest beer. This was the scene this past April at the second annual Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Retreat. The event was organized by(...)

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New Cancer Documentary Sheds Light on Treatment Advances, Patient Lives


“Her name was Melissa,” Dr. Bert Vogelstein recounts to the packed auditorium. He’s talking about his first patient as a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins nearly 40 years ago. “I still remember to this day her parents asking me why this happened to their daughter.” Melissa was a young child who was diagnosed with acute(...)

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