The Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the BioInspired Institute at Syracuse University is honored to welcome Dr. Kandice Tanner to present their weekly virtual colloquia. Dr. Tanner is a Senior Investigator at National Cancer Institute where she is head of the tissue morphodynamics unit.
Abstract: In the event of metastatic disease, emergence of a lesion can occur at varying intervals from diagnosis and in some cases following successful treatment of the primary tumor. Genetic factors that drive metastatic progression have been identified, such as those involved in cell adhesion, signaling, extravasation and metabolism. However, organ specific biophysical cues may be a potent contributor to the establishment of these secondary lesions. We combine a novel preclinical model of metastasis with that of optical tweezer based active microrheology to elucidate the role of tissue biophysical properties of in the establishment of metastatic lesions in vivo. Specifically, I will discuss our efforts to determine what physical cues influence disseminated tumor cells in different organ microenvironments using in vitro and in vivo preclinical models such as 3D culture systems and zebrafish.
This event was first published on February 23, 2021 and last updated on February 24, 2021.