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.

Stem cells, branching processes and stochasticity in cancer

Another great blog post by Artem Kaznatcheev about the Cancer Ecology workshop we organised a little bit over a month ago at the MBI at the Ohio State University. Branching process are important when modelling hierarchical tissues (with stem cells) so I will be happy to work with Artem on that while he is at Moffitt. Other great examples of how this particular mathematical tool can help us understand different aspects of cancer are shown as well.

Helicobacter pylori and stem cells in the gastric crypt

We could've stopped Ebola if we'd listened to the data