Laukaitis, Christina

Office Location:

The University of Arizona Cancer Center-University Campus

1515 N. Campbell Ave Room 0940

Tucson, AZ 85724


Primary Phone: (520) 6265845
Email: CLaukaitis@uacc.arizona.edu
Education:

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN B.S. 06/95 Biology

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN B.S. 06/95 Chemistry

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL Ph.D. 08/01 Cell & Structural Biology

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL M.D. 06/03 Medicine

St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN Residency 06/06 Internal Medicine

University of Washington, Seattle, WA Fellowship 08/08 Medical Genetics


College Affiliations:
  • College Of Medicine
  • College Of Pharmacy
Research Interests:

Dr. Laukaitis cares for patients with inherited diseases, including many with hereditary cancer syndromes where an identifiable genetic mutation drastically increases a person’s cancer risk.  Her research focuses on identifying new genetic risk factors for breast cancer and developing cohorts of patients with these in order to develop management guidelines for carriers of mutations in less understood genes.  In addition, she has used whole exome sequencing to identify genes predicting fibroblast (desmoid) tumor development in familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and she participates in a basic research project studying genomic instability, a process central to carcinogenesis, in a mouse model system.

Environmental Health Research & Expertise:

Familial cancer syndromes are caused by inherited mutations in genes encoding proteins that detect and repair DNA damage.  We are asking whether some of these mutations increase susceptibility to DNA damage by radiation and medication.