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Helsten T, Elkin SK, Arthur E, et al. The FGFR landscape in cancer: Analysis of 4853 tumors by next generation sequencing. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Sep 15.

Tomson BN, Crisucci EM, Heisler LE, et al. Effects of the Paf1 complex and histone modifications on snoRNA 3’-end formation reveal broad and locus-specific regulation. Mol Cell Biol. 2013;33(1):170–182.

Tomson BN, Rahal R, Reiser V, et al. Regulation of Spo12 phosphorylation and its essential role in the FEAR network. Current Biology. 2009;19(6):449–460.

Brett Tomson, Ph.D.

Brett Tomson is manager of outreach for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard’s Cancer Program. Her focus is on leading Cancer Program efforts in scientific outreach and community building. This includes managing a diverse portfolio of programming to support the sharing of data and expertise, building collaborations, and engaging external research partners, including scientists and patients. Collectively, these multifaceted initiatives are working to cultivate an interconnected research community with diverse external partners to maximize scientific impact.

Before joining the team at the Broad in 2015, Tomson did extensive work as a professional molecular biologist with diverse experiences in biomedical research and scientific writing. In addition to more than ten years of laboratory research experience, Tomson also served as a senior scientific editor at N-of-One, Inc. She was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and received the 2012 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development from the Genetics Society of America.

Tomson received a B.A. (with Honors) in biological sciences from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research characterized the contributions of protein signaling networks in controlling mitosis. She undertook NIH-sponsored postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh focused on elucidating the regulatory mechanisms of eukaryotic transcription and gene expression.

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February 2018