Principal Investigators

Modeling and Targeting Metastatic Cancer

Luisa Lanfrancone

Luisa Lanfrancone

Unit Director

Email [email protected]
Telephone +39 02 94375011
Location Building 13
Floor Ground
Via Adamello 16, Milano

The Lanfrancone Lab investigates how fundamental biological processes regulate metastasis dissemination and which are the driving forces beyond this phenomenon. We combine genetic and functional approaches to investigate how cancer cells react to microenvironmental cues, survive, proliferate and disseminate to distant organs. In particular, we are interested in elucidating the key molecular pathways involved in the progression from a non-invasive, locally-growing, to an aggressive, therapy-resistant metastatic tumor. Central molecular pathways converge on key cellular functions, including self-renewal, proliferation, migration and differentiation. Our hypothesis is that changes in chromatin status and metabolism can impact on the pathogenesis of cancer, as genetic alterations do, and that drug resistance can be overcome through the induction of chemo-sensitivity by inhibition of selective epigenetic and metabolic pathways and/or the use of combinatorial therapies and drug repurposing.

Our ongoing aims are:

  • Identification of actionable candidates in therapy-resistant metastatic melanomas by in vivo and in vitroshRNA screens.
  • Modelling of the metastatic process in vivo and in vitro, to identify and target, genes and pathways involved in dissemination.
  • Reprogramming of the metastatic phenotype.
  • Combinatorial drug testing in vitro and in vivo.
  • Development of a novel, multifunctional nanomedicine to target and ablate melanoma lesions.

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