See also our related blog for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Congratulations, Noah!

Congratulations to Noah, whose 'personalized cancer math' paper is now published in BMC Bioinformatics. Co-authors include Keller lab member Lara, Colorado State University collaborator Bernard Seguin.  The study was anchored by senior author Ranadip Pal at Texas Tech University.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GH's paper accepted to Stem Cells

Congratulations to lab alumnist, Guangheng, whose paper on rhabdomyosarcoma - satellite cell (muscle stem cell) interactions has been accepted for publication in StemCells.  Co-authors include lab members Ken and Megan, lab alumnist Ken, and long time collaborator Brian Rubin at the Cleveland Clinic.  Our sincere thanks to Matthew for his technical assistance on these studies. 
For this project, GH was supported by a fellowship from the Scott Carter Foundation and study reagents were made possible by support of the Patrick M. Callahan Memorial Fund.    
[07/30/2013:  The manuscript entitled, "IL-4 receptor blockade abrogates satellite cell - rhabdomyosarcoma fusion and prevents tumor establishment", is now available online. ]    

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Congratulations, Lara!

We are so proud of her!  Lara is a mentored clinician-scientist in our laboratory who recently graduated her adolescent and young adult oncology fellowship and has been offered a coveted faculty position at OHSU in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology.  Lara will continue to devote the majority of her time to her Damon Runyon-Sohn/St. Baldrick’s Foundation sponsored research in osteosarcoma.
[ pictured to right: Lara and progeny at the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation DragonSlayer event.]

Monday, July 15, 2013

lab member spotlight: Megan!

Megan comes to our lab all the way from Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology.  As an undergraduate and post graduation Megan worked in the Spinette Lab at Rhode Island College,  investigating the effects of inactivation of the E3 ubiquitin ligase UFD2a in skeletal muscle growth and differentiation. This work gave her a strong background in muscle biology, making her a great fit for our lab. Megan has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest, and along with her fiancĂ©e Paul and their dog Lucky, is enjoying all the hiking, biking, and great food it has to offer.

Friday, July 12, 2013

new update on the crowdfunding project!

Please click below to see the full video update of our Consano crowdfunding project.  To contribute, go to    

Thank you for your support.  We really enjoy this partnership with the community to further new treatment discoveries for rhabdomyosarcoma. ... to succeed, we really need your help! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Megan discusses community partnering

Our rhabdomyosarcoma crowdfunding project at the Consano website is described here, and the Megan's short personal introduction can be seen in this video.

Welcoming Matthew!

Matthew joined our laboratory in May with the major responsibility of implementing
the Rally Foundation-sponsored childhood cancer tumor repository.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 2007. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, Matthew enrolled in a Paramedic Certification program at Malcom X College in Chicago, IL where he was privileged to complete his field internship with the Chicago Fire Department on ambulances serving the South Side of Chicago. Matthew is interested in pursuing a career as a Physician-Scientist in the future. 

epub now available: review of rhabdomyosarcoma differentiation

a review by collaborator Denis Guttridge and our lab addressing approaches to cellular differentiation in rhabdomyosarcoma now appear in the FEBS Journal

Monday, July 1, 2013

Noah, the 2013 Scott Carter Fellow

Our warmest welcome to Noah, who recently graduated from Texas Tech University with a Masters degree in engineering and will be the 2013 Scott Carter Fellow.  We are grateful to the Scott Carter Foundation, who make possible Noah's fellowship to define computational approaches to drug combinations for sarcoma therapy.