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Jefferson Pontsler

Jefferson  Pontsler

Major Advisor: Yu Huang

Master's Student

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Office Location: Biostar Innovations 620 222.


Brain cancer is a plague on modern day society claiming about 17,000 lives in the United States each year.  Gliomas, a broad term for tumors that arise from the brain, represent 80% of all malignant tumors.  To better understand how cancer travels throughout the body, these gliomas need to be observed in a controlled microenvironment.  This will be accomplished via the study of migration of Glioblastmoa Multiforme (GBM) in a microfluidic environment.  The causes of migration, such as contact inhibition locomotion (CIL) and Cancer Stem-like Cells (BSCS).  The migration of these cells will be monitored by a JuliStage imaging device.  Using the information recorded by this machine, it is hoped that the migration of cancer will be better understood, to further progress the treatment and prevention of brain cancer.