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Andrew Lawson

Rotation Student


I was born and raised in the United Kingdom where I attended City of London School for my secondary education and read Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge for my undergraduate studies. I specialised in Biochemistry during the final year of my Bachelor’s degree and subsequently remained at Cambridge to complete an integrated Master’s in Biochemistry.

Although this is my first time in the United States for a perennial programme, I have previously attended Duke University for a pre-college course and participated in Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships at HHMI Janelia Farm, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and The Rockefeller University.

Whilst I have greatly enjoyed all of my laboratory experiences to date, I am primarily interested in studying biological phenomena at the molecular level. In the Extavour lab, I hope to study the function and evolution of oskar.


Lawson, A.R.J., Hindley, G.F.L., Forshew, T., Tatevossian, R.G., Jamie, G.A., Kelly, G.P., Neale, G.A., Ma, J., Jones, T.A., Ellison, D.W. et al. (2011) RAF gene fusion breakpoints in pediatric brain tumors are characterized by significant enrichment of sequence microhomology. Genome Res. 21, 505-514.

Tatevossian, R.G., Tang, B., Dalton, J., Forshew, T., Lawson, A.R.J., Ma, J., Neale, G., Shurtleff, S.A., Bailey, S., Gajjar, A. et al. (2010) MYB upregulation and genetic aberrations in a subset of pediatric low-grade gliomas. Acta Neuropathol. 120, 731-43.

Lawson, A.R.J., Tatevossian, R.G., Phipps, K.P., Picker, S.R., Michalski, A., Sheer, D., Jacques, T.S. and Forshew, T. (2010). RAF gene fusions are specific to pilocytic astrocytoma in a broad paediatric brain tumour cohort. Acta Neuropathol. 120, 271-3.

Tatevossian, R.G., Lawson, A.R.J., Forshew, T., Hindley, G.F., Ellison, D.W. and Sheer, D. (2010). MAPK pathway activation and the origins of pediatric low-grade astrocytomas. J. Cell. Physiol. 222, 509-14.

Forshew, T., Tatevossian, R.G., Lawson, A.R.J., Ma, J., Neale, G., Ogunkolade, W., Jones, T.A., Aarum, J., Dalton, J., Bailey, S. et al. (2009). Activation of the ERK/MAPK pathway: a signature genetic defect in posterior fossa pilocytic astrocytomas. J. Pathol. 218, 172-81.