Based at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida, Cancer Ecology is a small research group led by David Basanta. We are mathematical modellers who work with biologists and clinicians, trying to understand the ecology of tumors and the evolutionary dynamics of cancer progression and resistance to treatment.

Moving to Nature Networks

Some of you may know me from the blog cancerevo that I used to keep in Then again some of you may not and a little introduction to this space would be appropriate.

I have, for a long time, been fascinated by evolution. A year and a half ago I was given the opportunity to study evolution, theoretically, in a ecosystem that many people would not immediately identify as a place in which evolution happens: cancer. Indeed evolution takes place in tumours. As a result of mutations, tissues become small scale ecosystems in which a variety of cell types compete for the existing and scarce resources (oxygen, nutrients, space). The fitter cells produce more offspring and evolution ensues.

In this blog I would like to network with people interested in evolution and how this affects diseases such as cancer. I would also like to use it to discuss about recent developments in cancer research from the point of view of a theoretician. Finally, I would also like to mention some of my research as it happens: on a daily (let’s be realistic: weekly) basis.

The RNA revolution and the no so junk DNA

Moving to Nature Networks