Gaia Cantelli
Lecturing Fellow of the Thompson Writing Program

I am a cancer cell biologist with a special interest in metastasis,  the process through which cancer cells spread across the body to form new tumors. My focus lies in understanding how metastasizing cancer cells interact with their environment, also known as the “metastatic niche”. My work at Duke takes place with the Sipkins Lab  in the Division of Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy at the Duke University Medical Center . My current project aims to dissect the molecular interactions between breast cancer cells and the metastatic niche in the bone marrow.

I am Lecturing Fellow with the Thompson Writing program and I teach a science writing-based Writing 101 class. My teaching philosophy is centered around the idea that students learn best when they take ownership of their own education. As an instructor, my aim is to equip my students with the tools they need to succeed academically and to grow as thinkers as they pursue their own passions. 

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