The Lawson lab is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the metastatic spread of cancer cells to peripheral tissues. We take a systems-level approach, using cutting edge single-cell technologies to understand how the interplay between intracellular signals within the cancer cells, and extracellular stimuli from cells in the microenvironment influence the metastatic potential of individual cancer cells. We believe that new insights into the metastatic process will lead to new drugs to prevent and treat metastatic disease.
American Cancer Society (ACS) Orange County open house
Lawson presents lab research program overview at ACS open house, where ACS volunteers and staff mingle, make blankets to donate to local cancer patients, and discuss cancer topics.
Lawson lab awarded pilot grant for Human Cell Atlas initiative
Together with Nick Navin’s lab at MD Anderson and Kai Kessenbrock’s lab at UCI, we have secured pilot funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to build a benchmark cell atlas of the human breast, using a series of single cell transcriptomic, epigenomic, and spatial genomic technologies.
Race for the Cure Orange County
The UCI Breast Cancer Program hosts a booth at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Orange County
Liu et al published in Science Translational Medicine
Mechanoresponsive cell system (MRCS) can selectively identify and treat cancer metastases by targeting the specific biophysical cues in the tumor niche.
Beach party celebration!
Congrats to Ryan on a new chapter, and Bon voyage to our spectacular lab manager Anh! We will miss you and best of luck in medical school.
Congrats to our 2017 Grads!
UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge 2017
Lawson and Kessenbrock labs race to raise funds for cancer research at UCI.
‘Breast Cancer Brigade’ coffee hour fundraiser
Raising money for UCI’s inaugural anti-cancer challenge charity event!
Undergrads present at UROP symposium
Undergrad researchers from our lab present posters on their research at the annual UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) symposium
Lawson lab Marches for Science, Los Angeles 2017