Sunny Das

Introducing

Md Imtiaz Khalil

Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D. Louisiana State University, USA
mikhalil@wi.mit.edu

Breast cancer metastasis contributes to the majority of patients’ death and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions (EMTs) is a biological phenomenon that drives metastasis. One of my research interests is to identify the kinase molecules which are essential to driving cancer cells into quasi-mesenchymal states (an intermediate stage of the EMT continuum when the cells have the highest metastatic capacity) and/or maintain them in those states. My research interests also include determining the factors that collaborate with p63 (a p53 family of transcription factors) to maintain the stemness program of the cells. My third objective is to find out which EMT factor/s and underlying mechanisms are associated with single-layered epithelium that may drive EMT and hence, induce stemness in the cells.