The Ziv Gil Lab

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Ziv Gil Lab

Developing a Means to Inhibit Cancer Metastasis

Principal Investigator: Professor Ziv Gil

The long-term goal of our laboratory is to understand the mechanism that drives cancer cells to resist therapy, invade and metastasize, and eventually to develop the means to inhibit it. Our group focuses on solid tumors such as thyroid and pancreatic cancer.

We have found evidence that the normal cells in the vicinity of tumors secret factors that change its microenvironment and contribute to cancer resistance to treatment, progression and dissemination. The rationale for the research is that once it is known which proteins trigger invasion and metastases, their activity could be targeted pharmacologically in an innovative approach to prevent cancer spread. Our approach is based on newly developed in vitro assays that allow us to image cancer cell locomotion and invasion using video microscopy and live fluorescent imaging.

Furthermore, novel in vivo genetic models that were developed in the laboratory allow us monitoring of cancer cell invasion and proliferation using high resolution imaging modalities. The staff of the laboratory consists of a multidisciplinary research team from different fields including: molecular biology, neurobiology, oncology, surgery, imaging, protein analysis and pathology. The scientific environment at the lab allows the students and researchers to master technologies directed at investigating cancer cells in their natural environment and to obtain training in applied cancer research.

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Research projects:

 Microvesicle-Mediated Immunomodulation of Pancreatic Cancer Progression - we study the communication beteen tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) and PDAC cancer cells.  Macrophage-derived exosomes (MDEs), secreted from TAMs deliver microRNA (miRNA) to cancer cells and modulate gene expression. We investigate the effect of different types of macrophage-derived exosomes on PDAC physiology, drug resistance and cellular metabolism.
Mechanisms of neural invasion by pancreatic cancer - Tumor invasion into peripheral nerves is a clinical feature of various cancers, including head and neck, prostate and pancreatic carcinomas. Using a novel ex-vivo model and an in vivo animal model for neural invasion, both developed in our lab, we explore the mechanisms involved in this process;
GPIT complex in well differentiated thyroid carcinoma - Thyroid cancer is a common endocrine malignancy, which in recent years has steadily increased world-wide. Here, we explore the role protein post-translational modification and intracellular trafficking in thyroid oncogenesis and evaluate how alterations in these processes lead to resistance to therapy.

Professor Ziv Gil

Professor Ziv Gil is the Director of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Rambam Heath Care Campus. He also serves as Head of the Applied Cancer Research Laboratory of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at Rambam.

Professor Gil holds MD and PhD degrees in Biophysics and Neuroscience from Ben-Gurion University. He is a graduate of the Otolaryngology Residency Program at Tel Aviv Medical Center, and completed a two-year fellowship in head and neck surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY. This was followed by another fellowship in skull base endoscopic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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