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Justin M. Crest, PhD

Dr. Crest is studying the mechanical forces between cells and their underlying substrate, or extracellular matrix (ECM). The physical properties of cells and the ECM shape tissues during development and are critical for malignant tumor progression and metastasis. His research will determine which molecules generate and balance the mechanical forces involved in migration and tissue formation and thus identify novel mechanisms of malignancy.

Project title: "Cells, ECM, and the mechanical forces that regulate organ shape"
Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Award Program: Fellow
Sponsor(s) / Mentor(s): David Bilder, PhD
Cancer Type: All Cancers
Research Area: Cell Biology