New CANHR researchers

Andrej Podlutsky and Robert Coker
Photos courtesy of Podlutsky and Coker

Andrej Podlutsky has joined the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Podlutsky, appointed as an associate professor of molecular biology, plans to study DNA repair in Alaska Native people and how it relates to cancer. Alaska Natives have high rates of cancer incidences and deaths and Podlutsky hopes his research will shed light on molecular mechanisms that defends against, or, predispose to cancer.

He did similar work with Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute and Barshop Institute on Longevity and Aging Studies.

Andrej Podlutsky can be reached at 907-474-6759 or

Robert Coker will join CANHR as a tenure track associate professor in April 2013. He currently is an associate professor at the Geriatrics Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

His seminar was "Influence of Activity and Nutrient Availability on Fat, Muscle and Insulin Resistance: A Multi-Faceted Approach".

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