Dr. Bojana Gligorijevic, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, has been awarded a R00 three-year grant for $749,000 from the National Institute of Health. The grant titled "Systems Microscopy of Tumor Cell Motility in Microenvironment Context" is part of the new program for Physical Sciences in Oncology.
Dr. Gligorijevic's focus is on bridging the gap between cancer microscopy, cancer (tissue) engineering and mathematical modeling of tumor metastasis.
With this grant, she will be collecting images of motile cancer cells in mice, analyzing them using pattern recognition and generating mathematical models based on the images. Models will later be validated in 3D culture models and in mice.