This image, captured by Vasilena Gocheva, illustrates the communications that pass between cancer cells and the "healthy" cells that assist in tumor progression.
Koch Institute at MIT
Our understanding of the role of the tumor microenvironment in the development and progression of lung cancer, the most common type of cancer worldwide, remains rudimentary. The goal of my project is to determine whether the stroma contributes to tumor progression as insights into the complex, reciprocal interactions between tumor and stromal cells in their local surroundings may provide new opportunities for more focused therapeutic strategies. This image is of cells growing in culture that were isolated from mouse tumors.