Abstract by Jonard Corpuz Valdoz

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Presenter's Name

Jonard Corpuz Valdoz

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Connor J. Knight
Nicholas A. Franks
Pam Marie Van Ry

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Pam Van Ry


Novel Bioengineered Models for the Human Lung: Angiogenesis, Fibrosis, and Cancer Metastasis


Metastasis is the major cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. It is mechanistically known to be driven by epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Though biochemically mapped, metastatic cancers still do not have effective therapeutics, thus, considered as terminal illnesses. A major culprit to this problem is the lack of effective organ mimics for cancer. Here, we bio-engineered a lung model for cancer metastasis. Our model uses a novel suspension system which the author developed. This method expedites (~14 days) organ formation unlike traditional systems (>60 days). Our model also features ability for cell-lineage tracking—epithelial, mesenchymal and endothelial—which is crucial in the study of cancer progression, metastasis and vascularization. Altogether, our model provides an expedited way to study cancer metastasis in the level of an organ which will be necessary in the understanding of the process and the development of patient-specific therapeutics