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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (JHU PS-OC) will explore the mechanical forces in cancer that bolster the tumor metastatic cascade. Metastatic disease is the cause for the preponderance of deaths related to cancer. In fact, relative survival significantly decreases for cancer patients who present with metastases at the time of their diagnosis. This center will bring together experts in cancer biology, molecular and cellular biophysics, applied mathematics, materials science, and physics to study and model cellular mobility and the assorted biophysical forces involved in the metastatic process. One such pressure includes hypoxia located within the tumor. Appropriately, these investigators will investigate the effects of increased levels of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) on the mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix and evaluate the impact of hypoxia on cellular signaling. Furthermore, state-of-the-art microfabrication facilities will support this center and will construct substrates with micropatterning of extracellular matrix components to uncover the dynamics of cell migration.
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CENTERS

 
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Physical Science-Oncology Centers

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded cooperative agreements to 12 leading institutions to build a collaborative network of Physical Science-Oncology Centers (PS-OCs).

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCES-ONCOLOGY CENTERS

 
Arizona State University Arizona State University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Principal Investigator: Paul Davies, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: William M. Grady, M.D.
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Principal Investigator: Franziska Michor, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Eric C. Holland, M.D., Ph.D.
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Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Principal Investigator: Denis Wirtz, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.
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The Methodist Hospital Research Institute The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX

Principal Investigator: Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Steven A. Curley, M.D.
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Princeton University Princeton University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Principal Investigator: Robert H. Austin, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Thea D. Tlsty, Ph.D.
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Stanford University Stanford University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Principal Investigator: Jan Liphardt, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Valerie M. Weaver, Ph.D.
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Cornell University Cornell University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Principal Investigator: Michael L. Shuler, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Barbara L. Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.
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H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL

Principal Investigator: Robert A. Gatenby, M.D.
Scientific Investigator: Robert J. Gillies, Ph.D.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Principal Investigator: Scott Manalis, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Tyler Jacks, Ph.D.
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Northwestern University Northwestern University
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Principal Investigator: Thomas V. O'Halloran, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Jonathan D. Licht, M.D.
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The Scripps Research Institute The Scripps Research Institute
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Principal Investigator: Peter Kuhn, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: Kelly J. Bethel, M.D.
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University Of Southern California University Of Southern California
Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Principal Investigator: W. Daniel Hillis, Ph.D.
Scientific Investigator: David B. Agus, M.D.
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