Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Mary J C Hendrix, PhD

Mary J C Hendrix, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Focus of Work

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The scientific objectives of our laboratory include identifying genes that contribute to cancer metastasis. The major goal of this research is to define important structure/function relationships and provide the biological basis for new therapeutic strategies. Recent studies have generated molecular classification(s) of specific tumors, and have provided new prognostic markers and novel targets for therapeutic intervention based on the convergence of embryonic and tumorigenic signaling pathways....[Read full text]The scientific objectives of our laboratory include identifying genes that contribute to cancer metastasis. The major goal of this research is to define important structure/function relationships and provide the biological basis for new therapeutic strategies. Recent studies have generated molecular classification(s) of specific tumors, and have provided new prognostic markers and novel targets for therapeutic intervention based on the convergence of embryonic and tumorigenic signaling pathways. Current research activities focus on elucidating how regulatory molecules and phenotype control genes govern cell-to-cell and cell-to-matrix interactions, epithelial/mesenchymal transitions, and motility. Specific projects include signal transduction events initiated by cell adhesion molecules and growth factors; factors regulating interconversion of the tumor cell phenotype; novel three-dimensional analysis of cellular invasion through extracellular matrices; regulation of matrix metalloproteinases by tumor and stromal cell interactions; tumor angiogenesis and vasculogenesis; and role of the microenvironment in epigenetic reprogramming of cellular phenotypes.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • PhD: George Washington Un (1977)
  • Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Cell & Developmental Biology (1980)