Ellen Beswick, PhD

Faculty Titles
Associate Professor,
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Research Program
Translational Cancer Biology and Signaling

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Personal Statement

The goal of my research program is to examine novel tumor targets for immunotherapy approaches to decrease tumor growth and metastasis in gastrointestinal cancers. We examine the interplay between epithelial cells, myofibroblasts, and tumor microenvironment immune cells in order to identify new tumor targets. Our current projects encompass targets that not only inhibit tumor growth, but also simultaneously activate protective anti-tumor immunity. We utilize cutting edge lab approaches combined with human tissue studies to identify the next promising tumor targets. Our long term goal is to develop new therapeutics that can be combined with other traditional therapies in order to overcome resistance to therapy and improve treatment options for GI cancers.