Cancer Biology & Genetics Program
The Tuomas Tammela Lab
The Tammela lab is interested in understanding the remarkable phenotypic heterogeneity of cancer cells within tumors. We approach this question using a combination of sophisticated genetically engineered mouse models, single-cell approaches, tracing and ablation of distinct tumor cell lineages, CRISPR-mediated gene regulation, and advanced imaging techniques. We utilize the exceptional resources developed by our MSK collaborators, such as organoids and xenografts, for the translation of our findings into new treatments for human cancer. Our goal is to discover pathways that drive distinct cellular phenotypes and to develop new therapeutic concepts aimed at reducing cellular heterogeneity in tumors.
Marjanovic ND, Hofree M, Chan JE, Canner D, Wu K, Trakala M, Hartmann GG, Smith OC, Kim JY, Evans KV, Hudson A, Ashenberg O, Porter CBM, Bejnood A, Subramanian A, Pitter K, Yan Y, Delorey T, Phillips DR, Shah N, Chaudhary O, Tsankov A, Hollmann T, Rekhtman N, Massion PP, Poirier JT, Mazutis L, Li R, Lee JH, Amon A, Rudin CM, Jacks T, Regev A, Tammela T. Emergence of a High-Plasticity Cell State during Lung Cancer Evolution. Cancer Cell, 38(2):229-246 (2020).
Tammela T, Sanchez-Rivera FJ, Malli-Cetinbas N, Joshi NS, Helenius K, Park YK, Azimi R, Wu K, Kerper NR, Wesselhoeft RA, Gu X, Schmidt L, Cornwall-Brady M, Yilmaz ÖH, Xue W, Katajisto P, Bhutkar A, and Jacks T. A Wnt-producing niche drives proliferative potential and progression in lung adenocarcinoma. Nature, 545:355-359 (2017).
Roper J*, Tammela T*, Cetinbas N, Akkad A, Almeqdadi M, Wu K, Sánchez-Rivera F, Rickelt S, Park Y, Liang X, Oberli M, Eng G, Roghanian A, Azimi R, Kedrin D., Neupane R., Beyaz S., Sicinska E.T., Bass A., Suarez Y., Yoo J., Chen L., Taylor M.S., Zukerberg L., Katajisto P., Lees J., Deshpande V., Chen J., Hynes R.O., Langer R., Bhutkar A.J., Jacks T., Yilmaz. Ö.H. Epithelial genome editing and orthotopic transplantation models of sequential mutagenesis in colorectal cancer. Nature Biotechnology, 3:569–576 (2017).
Tuomas Tammela, MD, PhD
- Cancer biologist Tuomas Tammela investigates cellular heterogeneity in lung, pancreatic and colon cancers.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Postdoctoral Fellowship
- University of Helsinki, Finland: MD, PhD
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- Cancer Biology & Genetics Program
- Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller Center for Lung Cancer Research
- Center for Stem Cell Biology
- David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research
- PhD Programs in Computational Biology & Medicine
- MD/PhD Program
- Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Award (2021)
- Rita Allen Foundation Scholar (2020)
- National Cancer Institute R37 MERIT Award (2020)
- American Cancer Society Scholar (2020)
- V Foundation Scholar (2019)
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Tuomas Tammela discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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University of Helsinki
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