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  • Florin Selaru Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Florin Selaru, M.D.
    Medicine

    Research interests in the Florin Selaru Lab comprise the molecular changes associated with the ...transition from inflammatory states in the GI tract (colon, stomach, biliary tree) to frank cancers. In addition, our current research—funded by the AGA, FAMRI and the Broad Foundation—works to further the understanding of cancer development and progression in the gastrointestinal tract. view more

    Research Areas: gastroenterology, cancer, inflammation, molecular biology
  • Follow the Leader: Specialized Cancer Cells Lead Collective Invasion (Ewald Lab)

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    Principal Investigator:
    Andrew Ewald, Ph.D.
    Cell Biology

    Research in the Ewald laboratory starts from a simple question: Which cells in a breast tumor a...re the most dangerous to the patient and most responsible for metastatic disease? To answer this question, we developed novel 3-D culture assays to allow real-time analysis of invasion. Our data reveal that K14+ cancer cells play a central role in metastatic disease and suggest that the development of clinical strategies targeting these cells will provide novel breast cancer treatments. view more

    Research Areas: breast cancer, cellular biology, molecular biology
  • Francis Giardiello Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Francis Giardiello, M.D.
    Medicine

    Research in the Francis Giardiello Lab focuses on the study of cancer and cancer chemopreventio...n in the gastrointestinal tract. This has included the investigation of the genetic basis of familial colorectal cancer and the use of genetic testing in the hereditary forms of colorectal cancer. We have a continuing interest in the study of the genotypic-phenotypic correlations in polyposis syndromes, which include familial adenomatous polyposis, juvenile polyposis and Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. view more

    Research Areas: gastrointestinal system, colorectal cancer, cancer, genomics, polyposis syndromes
  • Franck Housseau Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Franck Housseau, Ph.D.
    Oncology

    The Franck Housseau Lab focuses on the role of the microbiome in colorectal tumorigenesis and o...n developing a better understanding of the tumor immune microenvironment. The lab is currently working to define the biomarkers of a pre-existing antitumor immune response in metastatic colorectal cancer to define a population of patients eligible for checkpoint blockade therapies. view more

    Research Areas: microbiology, tumor immunology, microbiome, colorectal cancer, cancer, colon cancer, tumor microenvironment, immunotherapy
  • Gabelli Lab

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    Principal Investigator:
    Sandra Gabelli, Ph.D.
    Medicine

    The Gabelli lab research is focused on structural, mechanistic and functional aspects of enzyme... activation that play a role in the biology of human diseases such as cancer, parasitic infection and cardiovascular disease. Their work seeks to:

    1. Understand how molecular events at the recognition level coordinate and trigger events in the cells
    2. Translate structural and mechanistic information on protein:protein interactions at the cytoplasmic level into preventive and therapeutic treatment for human disease.

    To achieve a comprehensive understanding, they are studying cytoplasmic protein-protein interactions involved in regulation of pathways such as PI3K and Sodium Voltage gated channels. Their research integrates structural biology and chemical biology and it is focused on drug discovery for targeted therapies.
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    Research Areas: biochemistry, chemical biology, cell biology, structural biology, proteomics, cancer, diarrhea, diabetes, drugs, cellular signaling, inflammation, pharmacology
  • GI Biomarkers Laboratory

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    Principal Investigator:
    Stephen Meltzer, M.D.
    Medicine

    The GI Biomarkers Laboratory studies gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer biogenesis and biom...arkers. The lab is led by Dr. Stephen Meltzer, who is known for his research in the molecular pathobiology of gastrointestinal malignancy and premalignancy. Research in the lab has led to several groundbreaking genomic, epigenomic and bioinformatic studies of esophageal and colonic neoplasms, shifting the gastrointestinal research paradaigm toward genome-wide approaches. view more

    Research Areas: gastrointestinal system, biomarkers, cancer, epigenetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biogenesis
  • GI Early Detection Biomarkers Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Stephen Meltzer, M.D.
    Medicine

    Dr. Meltzer is an internationally renowned leader in the molecular pathobiology of gastrointest...inal malignancy and premalignancy. He invented molecular methods to detect loss of heterozygosity in tiny biopsies, triggering an avalanche of research on precancerous lesions. He was the first to comprehensively study coding region microsatellite instability, leading to the identification of several important tumor suppressor genes. He performed several groundbreaking genomic, epigenomic and bioinformatic studies of esophageal and colonic neoplasms, shifting the GI research paradigm toward genome-wide approaches. He directed an ambitious nationwide validation study of DNA methylation-based biomarkers for the prediction of neoplastic progression in Barrett’s esophagus.

    Dr. Meltzer founded and led the Aerodigestive Cancer and Biomarker Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Maryland, also becoming associate director for core sciences at that school’s Cancer Center. He currently holds an endowed professorship and is the director of GI biomarker research at Johns Hopkins.

    The laboratory group focuses its efforts on the molecular genetics of gastrointestinal cancers and premalignant lesions, as well as on translational research to improve early detection, prognostic evaluation, and treatment of these conditions. Below, some examples of this work are described.
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    Research Areas: gastrointestinal cancer, gastrointestinal
  • Gilkes Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Daniele Gilkes, Ph.D.
    Oncology

    Our lab is focused on determining the role of hypoxia in breast cancer metastasis. We are parti...cularly interested in the changes in the extracellular matrix that occur under hypoxic conditions and promote cancer cell migration. view more

    Research Areas: breast cancer, HIF-1, hypoxia, ECM
  • Grant (Xuguang) Tao Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Grant Tao, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.
    Medicine

    Research in the Grant (Xuguang) Tao Lab explores environmental and occupational epidemiology to...pics, including workers' compensation and injuries, and nosocomial infections. We conduct research through clinical trials and systematic literature reviews, and also use cancer registry data and GIS applications in environmental epidemiological research. Our recent studies have explored topics such as the effectiveness of lumbar epidural steroid injections following lumbar surgery, the effect of physician-dispensed medication on workers' compensation claim outcomes and how the use of opioid and psychotropic medications for workers' compensation claims impacts lost work time. view more

    Research Areas: epidemiology, drug safety, cancer, nosocomial infections, GIS applications
  • Gregg Semenza Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.
    Pediatrics

    The Gregg Semenza Lab studies the molecular mechanisms of oxygen homeostasis. We have cloned an...d characterized hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor.

    Current research investigates the role of HIF-1 in the pathophysiology of cancer, cerebral and myocardial ischemia, and chronic lung disease, which are the most common causes of mortality in the U.S.
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    Research Areas: cancer, oxygen, lung disease, genomics, HIF-1, pathogenesis, myocardial ischemia
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