The goals of the center are to:
- Create research support platforms to facilitate high impact translational cancer research (academic and startup biotech companies).
- Focus research efforts on the development, validation, and commercialization of RNA- and protein-based cancer biomarkers with significant clinical utility: tumor subtyping and early measures of tumor response to therapy.
- Train and bring diverse student talent into DF/HCC.
- Provide UMass Boston students with skills suitable for academic careers or employment in regional biomedical industry.
The CPCT will provide a means for undergraduate and graduate students to become the next generation of well-trained biomedical workforce talent and the future leaders of life sciences research in academia and industry.
A scientific focus of the center will be to elucidate how lifestyle choices, particularly those that promote diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (‘diabesity’), modulate the tumor microenvironment, and how such modulation affects tumor initiation, progression, and response to therapy.