Munshi Named Program Leader Tumor Environment and Metastasis Program
Hidayatullah G. Munshi, MD, has been named Leader of the Tumor Environment and Metastasis (TEAM) Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
The TEAM Program utilizes an integrative approach to elucidate key molecular interactions between tumor cells and components of the host stromal microenvironment including matrix, vascular structures and cells of the immune system. The overall objective of the TEAM program is to obtain a more detailed understanding of these fundamental processes, and to translate the findings into the clinical setting as novel diagnostic or therapeutic approaches for the inhibition of tumor metastasis –the major cause cancer-related mortality.
Munshi, an Associate Professor in Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine, is an expert in how tumor stromal matrix and proteases promote tumor progression and resistance to therapy. In collaboration with Co-Leader, Carole LaBonne, PhD, he will help integrate efforts to bring basic science discoveries from the TEAM Program to the bedside.
“I am thrilled that Munshi has agreed to take over leadership of the TEAM program. He brings to the table a powerful combination of basic science and clinical/translational experience, said Kathleen Green, PhD, Associate Director for Basic Sciences Research at the Lurie Cancer Center. “Munshi will inspire and provide guidance to TEAM members towards translating their own basic science findings into a clinical setting."
Munshi has been a faculty member at Feinberg for more than a decade. He earned his MD at Harvard Medical School in 1996 before completing residency at the University of Washington Medical Center and fellowships at University of Michigan Health System and the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern.