Research Homecoming

Melanoma is often associated with sun exposure. Not so for acral lentiginous melanoma, a little-understood form of the disease that crops up mainly in the hands and feet of people in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

While studying in the UK, Carla Daniela Robles-Espinoza investigated the disease’s genetic risk factors in populations of European descent, but she wanted to apply her knowledge at home in Mexico. 

Now, in her lab at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she focuses on the disease’s evolution in Latin American patients with the ultimate aim of reducing treatment costs for patients.

Part of that effort: collaborating with scientists in Brazil to compare findings among populations with shared genetic ancestry. 


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