Lucille Castori Center for Microbes, Inflammation & Cancer: Mission

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Lucille Castori Center for Microbes, Inflammation, and Cancer (CMIC) brings together laboratories and investigators conducting research on infections in cancer patients, microbial causes of cancer, and infection-induced inflammation. Our mission is to promote research focusing on the relationship between microbes and their mammalian hosts and to identify specific microbes, microbial populations, and microbe-derived factors that promote the development or progression of cancer.

Research topics that fall under the Castori Center umbrella include:

  • Microbe-induced inflammation
  • Microbial causes of cancer
  • Microbiota, microbiome, microbial transcriptome/metabolome and cancer
  • Use of microbes or microbial molecules to treat cancer
  • Infections associated with cancer treatment
  • Novel approaches to prevent infections caused by highly antibiotic resistant microbes