|Grant ID: R1225|
Recruitment of Established Investigators
Harvard Medical School
August 02, 2012
Understanding what makes cancer cells become invasive and spread throughout the body—the process known as metastasis—is one of the “holy grails” of cancer research. A better understanding of how cells metastasize could lead to new therapeutic targets for treating cancer.
Computational cell biologist Gaudenz Danuser, Inaugural Chair of the Department of Bioinformatics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is using cutting-edge microscopy to look at the inner workings of cells in real time. He hopes to better understand how genetic mutations affect the cell machinery that turns a cancer cell into a mobile weapon.