Our lab researches the mechanism of cancer metastasis, the major cause of cancer-related death. Distant metastasis is mostly initiated by tumor cells shed from the primary tumor into the blood circulation and carried to distant organs where metastatic tumors eventually arise. By studying the circulating tumor cells (CTCs) isolated from breast cancer patients and mouse models, and using approaches of molecular and cellular biology, single cell tracing and modeling in animals, we are gaining a better understanding of the cancer stem cell properties in CTCs and obtaining novel insights on how to target these rare populations.
- Min Yu speaks at stem cell symposium with USC, UCLA and UCSF researchers February 6, 2017
- Min Yu featured in USC Stem Cell video November 7, 2016
- Veronica Ortiz receives an NIH F31 fellowship award October 6, 2016