|Title||Postdoc (Werb Lab)|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||513 Parnassus Ave|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Department of Defense (DOD)||2011
||2014||Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) BCRP postdoctoral fellowship (11-1-0742)|
||2011||National Cancer Institute Institutional National Research Service Award, T32 CA108462-10|
|Graduate Division, UCLA||2007
||2008||Graduate student dissertation year fellowship|
||2007||National Institutes of Health/Public Health Services Grant, T32 CA09056|
Dr. Lawson is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Zena Werb at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Ph.D. at UCLA in the laboratory of Dr. Owen Witte, where she pioneered methods for the identification of stem cells in the murine prostate and studied their role in prostate cancer initiation and progression. As a postdoc fellow, she has continued studying epithelial cancers, and focused on investigating how cancer cells metastasize, since this phase of the disease represents the biggest challenge to long-term patient survival and quality of life. In particular, she has been applying several new single-cell approaches to study cellular diversity in metastatic breast cancer cells using human patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of the disease. She has focused on identifying gene expression programs specific to metastasis-initiating cells (MICs), with a long-term goal of using insights gained from these studies to identify new drug targets for directly preventing metastasis initiation and progression.
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