Prof. Paranjape and collaborators develop device to isolate metastatic cells

Prof. Mak Paranjape

Prof. Makarand Paranjape has collaborated with Lombardi Cancer Center cancer biologists Prof. Anton Wellstein and Prof. Ghada Sharif to develop a device that can isolate tumor cells that have become metastatic. The device allows mixtures of tumor cells extracted from biopsies to pass through a porous membrane. Because of their aggressive nature, the metastatic cells get through the membrane first, allowing them to be collected for study. Prof. Paranjape notes that the project benefited from the ingenuity of physics department machinist Leon Der. The team has a patent pending for the device. 

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