This is a breast cancer cell under study in Christopher Turner’s laboratory at Upstate Medical University. Researchers are studying how cancer spreads, or metastasizes, because “that is the fatal step in cancer progression, the primary reason there is a high mortality with these types of cancer,” says Turner, PhD, a professor in Cell and Developmental Biology.
Post-doctoral fellow Nick Deakin, PhD photographed this cell in motion. He is the recipient of the Paper of the Year Award from the Molecular Biology of the Cell editorial board for his article,“Distinct roles for paxillin and Hic-5 in regulating breast cancer cell
morphology, invasion, and metastasis,” which was published in the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) newsletter in July 2011. He will also present his work in a mini-symposium at the group’s annual meeting in Denver this December.
Deakin received the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowship from June 2009 to June 2012 for a project called “Paxillin Regulates Matrix Metalloproteinase Trafficking/Recycling And Breast Cancer Cell Invasion In Three-dimensional Microenvironments.”