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.

March for science 2018

March for science 2018

 taste of science director  Parmvir Bahia

taste of science director Parmvir Bahia

Many of us in the Tampa Bay area (but certainly not as many as I was hoping) attended the 2018 edition of the march for science. As I wrote last year for the first edition of the march, we scientists need to be more involved in explaining to others what we do and why it has value. When someone questions spending public money on studying fruit flies, we need society to be informed enough to understand that there is a very good reason we do some studies on animal models first and on humans only in the final stages.

It is tempting to attend one of these marches and then go home feeling good about yourself but if these marches have any use is to spark some sort of action. So what action should you follow as a scientists?

Luckily there is an increasing number of venues where one could help. I (un)modestly propose the taste of science festival. The 2018 edition is only a week away. If there are events near you then come and see if that is your cup of tea, if there are not then maybe next year you could volunteer to have this festival (or your own version) in your city.

The tumor environment and the tempo of somatic evolution

The tumor environment and the tempo of somatic evolution

Welcome Anna

Welcome Anna