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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.