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Nicholas Garaffo

“I discovered that research is never stagnant, nor is a publication always correct; instead, research is a moving conversation between like-minded professionals.”

—Nicholas Garaffo

CD47-SIRPα Pathway as a Target for Cancer Therapeutics

Literature review written for University Writing Program 104E: Writing in the Professions: Science

Garaffo’s literature review analyzes new therapeutics that block the CD47-SIRPα pathway, allowing the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. CD47 is a protein that certain cancer cells overexpress in order to evade the immune system; SIRPα refers to the immune cell receptor that receives that signal. Using the library’s subject guides and databases, Garaffo identified more than 20 peer-reviewed articles that allowed him to see how several research groups are building upon each other’s work to advance this emerging field.

In His Own Words

Read Nicholas’ reflective essay from his Lang Prize application.