Thoracic Surgery Labs

There are three active basic/translational research laboratories
within the Division of Thoracic Surgery:

Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory

This laboratory has interests in the biology of non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma (an aggressive malignancy of the pleura, or chest lining). We are a fully equipped, state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory that has multi-disciplinary relationships with other basic science labs within the university, spanning diverse departments such as Anesthesia, Radiology, Systems Biology, Computer Science, and Radiation Oncology. We are actively investigating complementary aspects of lung cancer biology at the single-cell level, including cancer stem cells, metabolomics, and tumor microenvironment interactions. Another active area of investigation is centered on analysis of critical cell signaling networks contributing to the development of mesothelioma. Overall, we seek to discover novel molecular targets in these devastating tumors and thus develop more effective patient-specific therapies.