Raghu Kalluri, M.D., Ph.D.
Raghu Kalluri, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Titles & Positions

  • RE Bob Smith Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, Department of Cancer Biology

  • Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

  • Department Chair, Department of Cancer Biology

  • Director, Metastasis Research Center

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Grant Information

Grant ID: R1227
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of Established Investigators
Recruited From: 
Harvard Medical School
Date Awarded: 
August 02, 2012
Grant Amount: 

Cells in the human body send messages back and forth to each other constantly, via nanoparticle-sized packets called exosomes. These messengers travel in and out of cells and throughout the bloodstream, carrying bits of genetic materials and proteins from one place to another, like a postal delivery service.

Now scientists have found a way to hitchhike on the postal truck, by enclosing a cancer drug inside an exosome envelope.

Exosomes bypass the body’s immune system, and help scientists solve the problem of how to get cancer drugs inside of cancer cells. Once inside, like a mail bomb, they shut down a cancer cell’s inner machinery. 

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