Faculty Profile: Lawson, Devon

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Faculty Information Lab Information (Packet Type, Course Title, & Department) Location
Lawson, Devon
Lab Contact:
Devon Lawson
dalawson@uci.edu
310-889-4697
A CANCER BIOLOGY
Department: Physiology and Biophysics
140 Sprague Hall

Research Description

Our lab is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the metastatic spread of cancer cells to other tissues, as this is the cause of >90% of patient mortality. We study metastasis using patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models, where patient tumor specimens are transplanted into mice. We study metastasis in these models using cutting edge single-cell technologies to understand how the interplay between intracellular signals within the cancer cells, and extracellular stimuli from cells in the microenvironment influence the metastatic potential of individual cancer cells. REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE: Background in biology, fulfillment of the time commitment, maintenance of a thorough lab notebook, lab meeting attendance, and enthusiasm for science and the scientific process.

Time Commitment per Week

3 - 4 hours per unit. 1 year Commitment. Minimum 2 units

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance: 25Pts. Lab work: 45Pts. Communication: 15Pts. Lab citizenship: 15Pts.