Tumor Biology and Microenvironment Program Themes

Tumor Biology and Microenvironment Program Themes

Theme 1: To identify molecular, cellular determinants of malignancy (metastasis drivers)

Our investigators study key signaling pathways involved in tumorigenicity, tumor cell phenotypical plasticity, and tumor cell drug response (metastasis operatives).

Theme 1 Accomplishments 

Theme 2: To identify and exploit the underlying mechanisms of tumor metastasis (operatives)

Our investigators study the function and underlying mechanisms such as the extracellular proteolysis/signaling network that enable tumor cells to adapt to and eventually overcome the varying microenvironments.

Theme 2 Accomplishments 

Theme 3: To identify and exploit stromal reactivity and host immunity to tumor progression (host response to metastatic tumors)

Our investigators study the interaction of tumor cells with mesenchyme and innate immune cells. We also identify, evaluate and utilize adaptive cellular and humoral immune responses to develop immunotherapy approaches.

Theme 3 Accomplishments 

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