Amy Rowat’s lab is interested in the material properties of biological matter, the origins of this behavior and its role in cancer. Their research efforts largely focus on the physical properties of cancer cells and whole tumors in disease progression and chemoresistance. Rowat’s multidisciplinary team is addressing these questions by developing and merging methods in physics, engineering, cell and molecular biology. Developing a quantitative framework to understand the altered mechanical properties of cancer cells and how these relate to functional behaviors such as invasion and sensitivity to chemotherapy, as well as the underlying molecular origins of these behaviors, should provide a deeper understanding of cancer progression and identify novel therapeutic approaches.
Light lunch served
Sponsored by the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Nanotechnology program.