Memorial Hospital Research Laboratories

The Richard Wong Lab


Richard Wong
Richard J. Wong, MD, FACS

Perineural invasion (PNI) is an ominous form of cancer progression in which cancer cells invade and track along nerves. PNI occurs most frequently in cancers that affect highly innervated organs, including pancreatic, head and neck, and prostate cancers. It is associated with increased recurrence and poor prognosis.

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The Wong lab group

Publications Highlights

Chernichenko N, Omelchenko T, Deborde S, Bakst RL, He S, Chen C-H, Gusain L, Vakiani E, Katabi N, Hall A, Wong RJ. Cdc42 mediates cancer cell chemotaxis in perineural invasion. Mol Cancer Res. 2020;18(6):913–925. PMCID: PMC7272295

Deborde S, Yu Y, Marcadis A, Chen CH, Fan N, Bakst RL, Wong RJ. An in vivo murine sciatic nerve model of perineural invasion. J Vis Exp. 2018;134:56857. PMCID: PMC5965264

Bakst RL, Xiong H, Chen CH, Deborde S, Lyubchik A, Zhou Y, He S, McNamara W, Lee SY, Olson OC, Leiner IM, Marcadis AR, Keith JW, Al-Ahmadie HA, Katabi N, Gil Z, Vakiani E, Joyce JA, Pamer E, Wong RJ. Inflammatory monocytes promote perineural invasion via CCL2-mediated recruitment and cathepsin B expression. Cancer Res. 2017;77(2):6400–6414. PMCID: PMC5831809

Deborde S, Omelchenko T, Lyubchik A, Zhou Y, He S, McNamara WF, Chernichenko N, Lee SY, Barajas F, Chen CH, Bakst RL, Vakiani E, He S, Hall A, Wong RJ. Schwann cells induce cancer cell dispersion and invasion. J Clin Invest. 2016;126(4):1538–1554. PMCID: PMC4811155

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Richard Wong

Richard J. Wong, MD, FACS

  • Physician-scientist Richard Wong studies the mechanisms of cancer cell chemotaxis in perineural invasion.
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Chun-hao Chen, MD
Chun-hao Chen
Sylvie Deborde
Sylvie Deborde

Assistant Attending Biologist – Assistant Laboratory Member

Laxmi Gusain, Research Technician
Laxmi Gusain

Research Technician

Anna Lyubchik
Anna Lyubchik

4th year Medical Student

Andrea Marcadis
Andrea Marcadis

Clinical Research Fellow

Ann Powers
Ann Powers

Medical Student

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