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Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis

Li Laboratory
The Li Laboratory is committed to understanding tumor dormancy and cancer bone metastases, specifically breast, lung, and prostate cancers. Our long-term goal is to create a growth-inhibitory bone microenvironment so that cancer cells can be kept dormant or be killed while they are still dormant.

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Lab updates

Xiaohong Li awarded travel grant for the ASBMR 2017 Annual Meeting
Dr. Li has been awarded a Mid-Career Faculty Travel Grant for the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, where she will present her abstract, “Loss of TGFBR2 in osteoblasts increases PTH1R and promotes prostate cancer metastasis.” Her presentation will start at 4:45 p.m., September 9 during the session “Bone Tumors and Metastasis I”. We hope to see you there!

Divya Gandra receives award
Our former intern, Divya Gandra, recently received a Dean’s Citation Award for an outstanding final project from her Master’s program at Grand Valley State University. Congratulations, Divya!

Congratulations Dr. Xiangqi (Neil) Meng!
Last Friday, we bid farewell to our lab’s first postdoc, Xiangqi (Neil) Meng, who is heading back to China to join Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center as an associate professor. While we are sad for his departure after three and half years with us, we are very proud of his achievements and wish him the best! We very much appreciated his great contributions to our lab, the Center, and the whole Institute.

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Xiangqi (Neil) Meng receives travel award 
Congratulations to Dr. Xiangqi (Neil) Meng, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Xiaohong Li’s lab, who has received a travel award from the Society for Basic Urologic Research! The award will support a trip to the society’s 2016 Fall Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he will give a talk.

Ganguly awarded prestigious grant
Congratulations to Dr. Sourik Ganguly, a postdoctoral fellow in the Li Lab and the Miranti Lab, who has been awarded a Department of Defense/U.S. Army postdoctoral training grant to further his research into prostate cancer! Specifically, the project will focus on Notch signaling in prostate cancer cells and osteoblastic metastasis. The award will provide funding for two years.

Meng selected for Big Data workshop
Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Neil Meng has been selected to attend “Big Data Training for Translational Omics Research,” an NIH-funded two-week-long workshop at Purdue University focused on providing scientists with training in “big data”. Congratulations Neil!