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Kara L. McKinley, PhD

Dr. McKinley studies how cells change their shape and behavior to build the complex structures that comprise mammalian organs. Cellular behaviors that occur during embryonic development are frequently co-opted by cancer cells during tumorigenesis and metastasis. Her goal is to understand how the machinery within cells drives changes in tissue architecture in a developmental context, generating new insights into how these cellular processes are corrupted during cancer progression.

Project title: "Mechanisms and functions of cellular rearrangements in epithelia"
Institution: University of California, San Francisco
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): Ronald D. Vale, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Cell Biology