Deborah DeRyckere, PhD


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Deborah DeRyckere, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. DeRyckere is a pedriatic cancer researcher at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she was on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. DeRyckere is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. DeRyckere earned her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California-Berkeley.


Dr. DeRyckere's research focuses on the TAM-family of tyrosine kinases and their roles in tumorigenesis. More specifically, she has been working to validate MerTK as a therapeutic target in a variety of cancers and to develop novel biologic and small molecule MerTK and/or Axl inhibitors with the end goal of clinical application in patients with leukemia, non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, or glioblastoma. More recently, she has focused on the role of MerTK in the immune system where it functions to suppress anti-tumor immunity.


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