Prestigious grant to CanCell PI Tor Erik Rusten
As one of 24 PIs in Norway (all disciplines included), CanCell ‘s Tor Erik Rusten has been awarded a prestigious “Toppforsk” grant from the Research Council for the project “Tumor-Host Biology”.
In this large-scale 5-year project Tor Erik and his group will focus on the reciprocal interactions of tumor-initiating cells and their microenvironment and how non-tumor cells support tumor growth. Combining “-omics” approaches and genetic screens in live animals the group will seek to define the communication between tumor cells and the microenvironment during carcinogenesis. In particular, the group aims at identifying the nutrient and growth factor necessities that support tumor growth. The ultimate aim of the group is to identify new avenues of cancer therapies that do not depend on tumor-intrinsic mechanisms. The project is a central component of CanCell’s research program on identifying new Achilles’ heels of Cancer.