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Dr. CoussensThe overarching mission of the OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology is to advance the understanding of problems relevant to human health and disease. To accomplish this mission, research groups in the department have historically focused on questions regarding cell structure, organelles, life cycle, differentiation, and regulated communication between cells and extracellular signals and cues. An ultimate application of knowledge gained from these studies has been to understand important cell physiologic processes that effect human biology. These issues directly link to problems of interest to developmental biologists, including molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating tissue morphogenesis, tissue polarity and patterning. Read more

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Congratulations to Lisa Coussens, Ph.D., recipient of the AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship award. Dr. Coussens's award lecture is "Modulating Immune Response: Lessons Learned from Mouse Models of Cancer Development." Read more at OHSU News and at AACR. See the interview with Dr. Coussens at AACR's Annual Meeting, here.


Amanda Lund, Ph.D., awarded the V Foundation for Cancer Research Award for her project, "Lymphatic Vessel, PD-L1 and Anti-Tumor Immunity."

Nick Smith, Ph.D., Wong Lab, awarded the Nicholas L. Tartar Research Fellowship for his proposal, “Activation of Tumor Immune Cells by CD166 over-expressing Cancer Cells."

Amanda Lund, Ph.D., awarded the Cancer Research Institute's Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) Grant for her project "FasL Expressing Lymphatic Vessels in Melanoma.”

Ningning Zhao, Ph.D., Enns Lab, accepted to the Visiting Scientist Program at the Center for Cell Circuits for a summer internship at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Pepper Schedin, Ph.D., awarded the Circle of Giving Grant from the OHSU Center for Women’s Health, for “A Liver Imaging Study in Pregnant Women.”

Takahiro Tsujikawa, Coussens Lab, won the OCTRI Catalyst Award, for “Practical and cost-effective multiplexed immunohistochemistry for comprehensive immune complexity analysis of solid tumors.”

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