Education: PhD, Stony Brook University, 2010
Recommended By: Elaine Mardis, Washington University in St. Louis

Sometimes you have to think small to think big. As a PhD student, Nicholas Navin found himself thinking of cancer in a new way — instead of studying tumor samples from many different people at the same time, he could instead chose to focus on many cells from the same tumor. Based on the idea of tumor heterogeneity, Navin hypothesized that he could compare different cells and order them to infer the tumor's lineage and deduce how its mutations progressed.

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