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.
- Particle shows promise for treating the most deadly type of breast cancer May 18, 2018
- Min Yu hosts 360 video tour of USC’s stem cell research center May 16, 2018
- Alan Wang featured in undergraduate research video August 29, 2017