Gastrointestinal Cancer

EDU 34 - (INTERACTIVE) Cancer of the Colon, Rectum, and Anus

Cancer of the Colon, Rectum, and Anus - Part 1

Wednesday, October 24
7:45 AM - 8:20 AM
Location: Room 206

Mekhail Anwar, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

University of California, San Francisco: Assistant Professor: Employee

I am a Physician-Scientist (MD, PhD) and Assitant Professor of Radiation Oncologist at the University of California, San Francisco specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal mlaignancies. My research focuses on improving clinical outcomes for anal and pancreas cancer patients. As a co-leader of our clinical trials group in Radiation Oncology and a Core member of the Bioengineering Group spanning UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, the primary focus of my research is to identify where gaps in diagnostic information and therapeutic tools compromise patient care, with an emphasis on imaging and biomarkers to both guide, and predict response to, radiotherapy. Key to these efforts is the introduction of new technologies based on integrated circuits (eg computer chip technology) for biosensing, enabling a new class of microfabricated molecular sensors to be placed directly inside the patient and tumor microenvironment, achieving an unprecedented level of sensitivity and rapid feedback times compared to conventional, external-based imaging. Specifically, I have led the development of new imaging strategies, sensors, interfacing electronics with cells and proteins, focusing on (1) optical detection of microscopic tumor cells in vivo essential to guiding personalized and more accurate surgery and radiotherapy, (2) using integrated circuits more broadly for high frequency cellular interrogation key to understanding the emerging field of tumor treating fields, (3) developing new approaches with modern clinical imagers for predicting response to radiotherapy and (4) developing new platform technologies to investigate fundamental biological phenomena.


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