Contact Information

(631) 444-3520


Stony Brook Medicine
Department of Pathology
Basic Sciences Tower, Level 9
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691

Marchenko Research Lab

Natalia Marchenko, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology,
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Research Program

Oncogenic Drivers and Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis


Department of Pathology

Research Interest

One of the most prominent contributions to the cancer research field is the discovery of the new transcription-independent pro-apoptotic function of tumor-suppressor protein p53. My work as a postdoctoral fellow demonstrated that a fraction of p53 protein localizes to mitochondria at the onset of p53-dependent apoptosis but not during p53-independent apoptosis or p53-mediated cell cycle arrest. We also identified posttranslational modifications essential for the mitochondrial targeting of p53. Recently, in collaboration with Dr. Moll lab, we identified second critical transcription-independent functions of p53 protein in regulating programmed cell necrosis. Accumulated p53 protein in the mitochondrial matrix opens the mitochondrial transition pore (PTP) by engaging in physical interaction with CypD and activating its PPIase activity, which triggers oxidative stress-induced necrosis and ischemic stroke in vivo.


PhD, Biology, VNII Genetika, Russia, 1994
BS/MS, Microbiology. Moscow State Univ., Russia, 1986 


A complete list of publications can be found HERE.