We are interested in the mechanisms that support tissue homeostasis and cancer metastasis. Focusing on TGFβ as one of the most prevalent signaling pathways in metazoan biology, we are establishing how TGFβ signals control pluripotency and differentiation in stem cells, and homeostasis in mature cells. In addition, we are interested in the genes and pathways that drive metastasis. Ultimately, our goal is to use this basic knowledge to develop innovative cancer treatments.

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Pictured: Joan Massagué

Joan Massagué, PhD

Director, Sloan Kettering Institute


Research Focus

Sloan Kettering Institute Director Joan Massagué studies the control of stem cell growth and phenotype in tumor progression, metastasis, and response to therapy.


PhD, University of Barcelona

Lab Members

Selected Achievements

  • Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research (2015)
  • National Prize for Research in Biology, Spain (2014)
  • American Italian Cancer Foundation Price (2013)
  • Prize in Cancer Research, Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation (2011)
  • Frontiers Prize in Biomedicine, BBVA Foundation (2008)
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  • Vilcek Prize, Vilcek Foundation (2006)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine (2006)
  • Award in Science and Technology, Prince Asturius Foundation (2004)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2000)
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1999)
  • Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1990)
  • Elucidation of the TGF-beta pathway