Hallmarks of cancer progression are uncontrolled proliferation (division) of cancer cells and invasive behavior, leading to the spread of tumor cells throughout the body. Now two Stony Brook University cell biologists, David Matus, PhD, and Benjamin Martin, PhD, have discovered that cell division and invasion are mutually exclusive behaviors. For this novel finding, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has awarded the researchers with the 2017 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award and a two-year grant of $300,000, followed by another renewable grant of $300,000 for an additional two years to further advance their work.
Research Photo of the Week
Ecologist Dr. Heather Lynch counting penguin nests in Antarctica. While Dr. Lynch uses satellite imagery to track penguin populations and their response to climate change, she and graduate students spend five months each year in Antarctica doing field counts. Photo credit: Casey Youngflesh