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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Antonina Kurtova

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology


M.S., Immunology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
B.S., Biology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

Year: Fourth-Year Graduate Student

Basic Science Mentor: Keith S. Chan, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Clinical Science Mentor: Seth P. Lerner, M.D.
Department of Urology

Awards and Honors

  • M.S. with honors, 2007
  • B.S. with honors, 2005


  • Quiroga M, Balakrishnan K, Kurtova A, Sivina M, Keating M, Wierda W, Gandhi V, Burger J.A. B-cell antigen receptor signaling enhances chronic lymphocytic leukemia cell migration and survival: specific targeting with novel Syk inhibitor, R406. Blood. 2010. Accepted.
  • Kurtova A, Balakrishnan K, Chen R,Ding W, Schnabl S, Quiroga MP, Sivina M, Wierda WG, Estrov Z, Keating MJ, Shehata M, Jager U, Gandhi V, Kay NE, Plunkett W, Burger JA. Diverse marrow stromal cells protect CLL cells from spontaneous and drug-induced apoptosis: development of a reliable and reproducible system to assess stromal cell adhesion mediated drug resistance. Blood. 2009. 114:4441-50.
  • Kurtova A, Tamayo A, Ford R, Burger J.A. Mantle cell lymphoma cells express high levels of CXCR4, CXCR5, and VLA-4 (CD49d): importance for interactions with the stromal microenvironment and specific targeting. Blood. 2009. 113(19):4604-13.
  • Niedermeier M, Hennesy, Knight Z, Henneberg M, Hu J, Kurtova A, Wierda W, Keating , Shokat K, Burger JA. Isoform-selective phosphoinositide 3’-kinase inhibitors inhibit CXCR4 signaling and overcome stromal cell mediated drug resistance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a novel therapeutic approach. Blood. 2009. 113(22):5549-57.
  • Kurtova AV, Sivachenko EB, Utkina LA, Slobodniuk KIu, Stepanova NV, Iakubovich MA, Moiseev SI, Zueva EE. [Bone marrow immunophenotyping for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma: practical aspects]. Klin Lab Diagn. 2008. 1:17-20. Russian.

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