Pioneering New 3D Cancer Model to Speed New Treatments

Dan Gioeli, PhD

Dan Gioeli, PhD, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology and the UVA Cancer Center, working with local biotech company HemoShear Therapeutics, has created a three-dimensional model of a cancer tumor that can replicate the complex nature and behavior of a real tumor. The model will help researchers better understand the disease and accelerate the development of new and better treatments.

“The multicellular model also can be customized to behave like a particular patient’s tumor, so that doctors can determine how the tumor will react to different drugs. That could allow them to identify the best treatment option based on a simple biopsy.

“This model enables us to understand the inner workings of tumors to systematically identify and test new ways to treat cancer,” Dan Gioeli, PhD. [read the whole article from UVA Connect]