Jeanne Rivera


I joined University of Leeds in 2013 as an Undergraduate Student and received the BSc degree with Honours in Genetics in 2016. 

Following this, I started in Edwin Chen's group as a PhD student in 2016 funded by the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (LARS). 



Research interests

My research project aims to understand the molecular pathways that play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of haematological malignancies. Specifically, the main focus of this project is to investigate mutations of a chaperone protein, calreticulin (CALR) and its role in contributing to development of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN).  Recurrent somatic mutations in exon 9 of the calreticulin (CALR) gene are found in a majority of JAK2-unmutated MPNs. All known mutations result in a +1-frameshift in the CALR reading frame that creates a novel C-terminal domain encoded by an alternative reading frame. The primary goal of this project is to identify key features in the N-domain of mutant CALR required for its oncogenic activity and its therapeutic significance. 

Lab Website: 


  • BSc Genetics

Research groups and institutes

  • Cancer