Cell-ECM interactions and their relevance to cancer

Conference Dates

July 3-7, 2016


Perturbed microenvironmental conditions play important roles in tumor initiation, progression, and therapy response; however, the underlying molecular, cellular, and tissue-level mechanisms remain relatively poorly understood. By integrating biomaterials, tissue engineering, and microfabrication strategies our lab has developed a variety of in vitro and in vivo models to study tumorigenesis under pathologically relevant conditions. In particular, we are applying these model systems to evaluate the regulatory roles of extracellular matrix (ECM) physicochemical properties on tumor-stroma interactions with a focus on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. This talk will summarize some of our efforts in this area and discuss tumor-mediated differences in ECM physicochemical properties, and the resulting functional consequences on tumor cell behavior.

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