Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research, and Chair, Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, will present "Precision Diagnostics and Early Cancer Detection."
Gambhir's laboratory is developing imaging assays to monitor fundamental cellular/molecular events in living subjects including patients. Technologies such as micro positron emission tomography (microPET), bioluminescence optical imaging, fluorescence optical imaging, micro computerized axial tomography (microCAT), ultrasound, photoacoustics, Raman imaging are all being actively investigated in small animal models. Gambhir hopes to marry fundamental advances in molecular/cell biology with those in biomedical imaging to advance the field of molecular imaging. He has an interest in cancer biology and gene therapy. Research in early cancer detection and pharmacological therapy assessment is also being performed. Assays to interrogate cells for mRNA levels, cell surface antigens, intracellular proteins and protein-protein interactions are under active development. The Gambhir lab is also extending many of these approaches for human clinical applications using optical and PET-CT technologies.
The DCI Seminar Series lecture will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Trent Semans Center, Great Hall. The lecture begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. Gambhir's address will be preceded by a hematology-oncology fellow presentation starting at 7:30 a.m. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Erin Carr.