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Biology

A theoretical (bio)physicist looks at cancer metastasis 
 
Thu, May 24, 2018,   10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Seminar Room 34, 2nd Floor, Main Building

Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly
Rice University, Houston

Metastasis – the spread of cancer cells from one organ to another –  causes above 90% of all cancer-related deaths. Despite extensive ongoing efforts in cancer genomics, no unique genetic or mutational signature has emerged for metastasis. However, a hallmark that has been observed in metastasis is adaptability or phenotypic plasticity – the ability of a cell to reversibly switch among different phenotypes in response to various internal or external stimuli. This talk will describe how the concepts of nonlinear dynamics can help (a) identify how cancer cells can leverage this plasticity to drive cancer metastasis, (b) interpret existing clinical data, (c) guide the next set of crucial in vitro and in vivo experiments, and (d) elucidate the role of non-mutational mechanisms in cancer biology. Collectively, my work highlights how an iterative crosstalk between mathematical modeling and experiments can both generate novel insights into the dynamics of cellular plasticity and uncover previously unknown accelerators of metastasis.

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