Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

The Tuomas Tammela Lab


Dr. Tuomas Tammela
Tuomas Tammela, MD, PhD

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.

Research Projects



Dr. Tuomas Tammela

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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Melissa Blum, BS
Melissa Blum

Research Technician

Jason Chan, MD, PhD
Jason Chan

Clinical Fellow

Olivera Grbovic-Huezo, PhD Research Lab manager
Olivera Grbovic-Huezo

Research Lab Manager

Emily B. Johnson, MPH
Emily B. Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Simon Joost, PhD
Simon Joost

Postdoctoral Researcher, Hope Funds for Cancer Research Fellow

Zhuxuan Li
Zhuxuan Li

PhD Student

Ken Pitter
Ken Pitter

Clinical Fellow

Carleigh Sussman, BS
Carleigh Sussman

Research Technician

Stefan Torborg
Stefan Torborg

MD-PhD Student

Yan Yan
Yan Yan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Xueqian Zhuang, PhD
Xueqian Zhuang

Postdoctoral Fellow - NYSTEM Training Award at the CSCB

Lab Alumni
Alexander Ferrena
Alexander Ferrena

Ph.D. Student, Computational Biology Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Griffin Hartmann, BS
Griffin Hartmann

Ph.D. Student, Stanford University

Anna Hudson
Anna Hudson

M.D./Ph.D. Student, University of Miami

Katherine Wu, BS Senior Research Technician
Katherine Wu

M.D./Ph.D. Student, New York University

Lab Affiliations


  • Josie Robertson Investigator (2017-2022)
  • The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Award (2021)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar (2020)
  • National Cancer Institute R37 MERIT Award (2020)
  • American Cancer Society Scholar (2020)
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  • V Foundation Scholar (2019)

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Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Tuomas Tammela discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • ACDbio/Bio-Techne
    Provision of Services
  • Gerson Lehrman Group
    Provision of Services
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Provision of Services
  • University of Helsinki
    Provision of Services

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