Graduate Student, Laboratory of John Kessler
Glioblastomas, the most common and most lethal form of brain tumors, contain cells that behave like stem cells. Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into many of the cell types that make up the body, such as brain cells. Here, these tumor cells have differentiated into two types: neurons (red) and astrocytes (green). Researchers are targeting these cells by preventing them from communicating with their environment, which causes the cells to die. This technique may prove key to stopping rapid cancer recurrence and improving survival rates.