Identifying Mechanisms Involved In Prostate Cancer Metastasis

Schematic of a classical cell culture assay to analyze the metastatic ability of cancer cells.

Schematic of a classical cell culture assay to analyze the metastatic ability of cancer cells

We are using a combination of cell culture based assays to determine how dietary components might affect the metastatic potential of prostate cancer cells.

Project description

Overweight and obese men have a significantly higher incident of aggressive prostate cancer compared to men of healthy weight. Little is known about the cellular processes involved in this relationship or how diet might facilitate the occurrence of aggressive cancer. We are using a combination of cell culture based assays to determine how dietary components might affect the metastatic potential of prostate cancer cells.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment A semester commitment is minimum, however students can continue to work on their evolving project for several semester
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Who is eligible Prior experience in a laboratory setting is helpful but not necessary. We will train as required.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Wilma Hofmann

Associate Professor

Physiology and Biophysics

Room 4132, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Phone: (716) 829-3290

Email: whofmann@buffalo.edu

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Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

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Preparation activities

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