Development and Cancer

Bringing together investigators in cancer biology, stem cell biology, and developmental biology to discover how aberrant developmental processes contribute to the initiation and progression of cancer.

The Cancer and Development Scientific Program focuses on the nexus between developmental biology, genetics, and tumorigenesis. The Program is designed to bring together investigators in the related fields of cancer biology, developmental biology, and genetics as a means of exploiting and focusing the diverse strengths at UT Southwestern Medical Center toward cancer and therapeutic intervention.

For more information contact the program leader, Luis Parada, Ph.D.

Program Themes

  • Develop an understanding of apoptotic pathways relevant to cancer using embryonic development as a model system
  • Investigate the underlying properties of diverse stem cells as they relate to “cancer stem cells”
  • Using model genetic organisms, examine the role of the microenvironment in cancer
  • Study organogenesis to identify the link between cancer signaling pathways and control of organ development

How To Get Involved

>Zebrafish are serving as a model for testicular tumors
Zebrafish are serving as a model for testicular tumors

The Cancer and Development Scientific Program meetings facilitate sharing of model systems and collaborative interactions among basic scientists as well as interactions between basic scientists and clinical researchers.

Program meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month.