Physical Sciences-Oncology Center

The Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC) combines approaches from physical sciences and biology to investigate how cancers originate and progress, and optimal ways of treating them. It is a collaboration among investigators from Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the City College of New York, and Vanderbilt University.

Our interdisciplinary faculty includes mathematical and computational biologists, physicists, engineers, cancer biologists, clinical oncologists, and cancer surgeons who collaborate to bridge the divide between the physical sciences and oncology. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of how cancer is initiated, how its behavior changes over time, how it responds to therapy, and how resistance to a treatment can emerge.

We are using data from genomic research, experiments in cell culture and laboratory animals, and mathematical models to evaluate and test hypotheses. Our current work is focused on studying cancers of the brain, lung, and blood.

In addition, our Brain Tumor Center was awarded a PS-OC T32 Training Grant in 2012 to create a trans-disciplinary training program, converging the physical sciences with cancer biology and fostering a new research field.