Advanced matrices for cancer research


Investigator: Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia (Visiting researcher)

Miguel Fuentes Chandia

Collaborators: Dr. Aldo Leal-Egaña, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini


This research project is focused on designing and developing a miniaturized scaffold resembling mechanical and topographic properties of Cancer niches. In order to reach this goal, hydrogels with defined cues will be used. This approach allows us generating an in vitro platform for studying tumor heterogeneity. Tumor heterogeneity can be described as the existence of multiple sub-populations within metastatic tumors, exhibiting difference in migration, proliferation and pharmacologic sensitivity. Thus, the presence of this pathogenic characteristic will be studied with biomaterials in vitro, mimicking the in vivo milieu.

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