Prashiela Manga, Ph.D.
- BSc Graduated 1991,University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- BSc (Honours) Graduated 1992,University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- PhD Graduated 1997,University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- 1997-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow,New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
- 2002-2003 Research Associate,University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
- 2003-2006 Instructor,University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
- 2006-2008 Assistant Professor,Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
- 2008-present Assistant Professor-Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology and Department of Cell Biology, New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
Metastatic melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, however if treated at an early stage, the prognosis is greatly improved. Dr. Manga’s research is focused on improving the ability to identify individuals predisposed to developing melanoma. Careful monitoring of those at risk will allow for early detection of cancerous and even pre-cancerous lesions, reducing the number of people who progress to untreatable disease. The first goal is to identify genes that can be used to asses an individual’s risk of developing melanoma. Genetic testing will then be combined with other factors, such as degree of skin pigmentation and sun exposure to determine an overall risk. Dr. Manga also is working to understand how these genes and their biological actions affect melanoma risk. Elucidating these effects will be the first stage in developing preventative strategies for melanoma. Her work is being performed in collaboration with the New York University Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative.