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.
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

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

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: