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Celebration of College Research (Updated 10/1/14)

September 24 to February 18

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The 2014-15 Celebration of College Research Series features the following:

September 24, Katie DeCicco-Skinner, Department of Biology

October 22, David Pike, Department of Literature

January 21, Ximena Varela, Department of Performing Arts

February 18, Michael Bader, Department of Sociology

Katie DeCicco-Skinner:
“The Role of the Microenvironment in Cancer Cell Growth and Metastasis:
The Neighborhood Watch”

There are over 200 forms of cancer, each one characterized by unique genetic mutations. However, while genetic changes are responsible for many aspects of cancer development, they are not alone sufficient to progress cancer. In order for cancer to grow and metastasize to other parts of the body cancer cells must receive growth and survival signals from the cells in their surrounding microenvironment. These cells in the microenvironment -- fibroblasts, adipocytes, and inflammatory cells -- influence cancer cells and cause them to progress to a more malignant and invasive state. My research uses two separate cancer models, squamous cell carcinoma and multiple myeloma, to investigate how the microenvironment contributes to the growth and development of cancer. Understanding the reciprocal communication between cancer cells and other nearby cells will allow for more targeted cancer therapies.

11:40 am – 1:00 pm, Wed 09/24/14
11:40 am – 1:00 pm, Wed 10/15/14
11:40 am – 1:00 pm, Wed 01/21/15
11:40 am – 1:00 pm, Wed 02/18/15
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