Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomical SciencesTumor Cell Biology ProgramPhD, Biochemistry, 2001, Rutgers UniversityPostdoc, 2001-06, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
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Breast cancers are heterogeneous at clinical and molecular level. Different subtypes of breast cancer may have different cells of origin within mammary epithelial hierarchy. Notch signaling controls mammary epithelial cell fate decision and differentiation. Thus genetic dissection of Notch pathways in normal and oncogenic mammary development may provide insights into intrinsic subtypes of breast cancer. We previously revealed that Lunatic Fringe (Lfng), a glycosyltransferase that modifies Notch receptors and modulates Notch activation, can regulate mammary stem/progenitor cell activity, and Lfng deficiency cooperates with the Met/Caveolin amplicon to induce basal-like breast cancer. We are currently investigating roles of Manic Fringe (Mfng)-dependent Notch signaling in the pathogenesis of Claudin-low breast cancer.
Notch signaling coordinates a series of events during lung development, including proximodistal fate generation and branching, proximal airway cell fate specification, and alveologenesis. In this regard, we have found that Jagged1 is the major regulator of Notch-dependent cell fate in proximal airways, and that Lfng-dependent Notch signaling is required for alveologenesis. Notch also plays complex roles in lung carcinogenesis, with the cellular (SCLC vs NSCLC) and microenvironmental (hypoxia) context profoundly affecting tumor cell response to Notch activation. We are interested in identifying Notch pathway genes as biomarker and therapeutic targets for lung cancer.
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