Dr. Peter Gordon is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gordon received his MD/PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004. He completed his residency in Pediatrics in 2006 at Boston Children's Hospital and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant in 2010 at Boston Children's Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Gordon served as an Instructor in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology until 2014. During his fellowship and time as an instructor, he completed post-doctoral research fellowships in the laboratories of Dr. David Fisher (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Dr. David Williams (Children's Hospital Boston) where his work focused on the role of the proto-oncogene c-KIT in cancer development.
Dr. Gordon's laboratory interests focus on how an improved understanding of leukemia development and maintenance at the molecular and cellular level can be leveraged into better therapies. A particular area of interest includes investigating how soluble factors that are secreted by different cell types within the bone marrow and extra-medullary environments impact leukemia development and response to therapy. An additional interest is in using pediatric bone marrow failure syndromes, which often have a significantly increased risk for leukemia development, as model systems for investigating how cooperativity amongst oncogenes leads to leukemia development.
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