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Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center

Breast Center Research


The following are Breast Center research laboratories. View the related faculty websites for each one below:

Center Research Goals

Xiaosong Wang, M.D., Ph.D., and Rachel Schiff, Ph.D., in the research lab.

A major goal of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center is to eliminate breast cancer as a disease of public health proportions. In order to make further progress we need to have a better understanding of the environmental influences, as well as the genes which contribute to breast cancer development and aggressiveness. A better understanding of the molecular pathways controlling important cellular events, such as cell survival, cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis is also crucial.

Finally, the role of supporting tissues in the tumor, such as stromal components, myoepithelium, and angiogenesis is important. To increase our knowledge of the biology of breast cancer, the center has established a research agenda that covers a broad array of important research areas.

Human Genome Sequencing Center

The Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine is one of only three programs of the Human Genome Project in the Country. The center plays a major role in many of the research projects in the Breast Centers Research. To learn more about the Center. To learn more visit the HGSC website.