Of people and cells - through the lens of migration
In our lab almost everyone is a migrant or first generation to migrant parents.
Moreover - all of us migrated to Boston from another country, or from another state.
We all moved here to grow and learn, and we are happy about the move (ok fine. minus the cold winter), yet - it was a big change to all of us!
We all left a place, a culture, many of us left our first language, and we all left friends and family to come here.
Yet, here we are. Well adapted.
The key to our prosperity in this new place is adaptability.
And adaptability is what we study.
Immune cells and cancer cells migrate. They get to organs that are new to them and yet manage to function and thrive. This requires sensing of the new environment and metabolic adaptation to allow for efficient usage of the available nutrients around them – that can be very different from the cell’s previous location.
We think this is fascinating and so this is what we study - Cellular Metabolic Adaptability.