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The main research focus of Marion R. Curtis, Ph.D., centers on understanding how the tumor microenvironment influences the metabolism of immune cells and how the metabolic state of immune cells may regulate cancer metastasis and response to immunotherapy. Dr. Curtis' laboratory employs a wide variety of techniques, including metabolomics, proteomics and advanced cellular imaging, applied to primary human cells and cancer models to identify mediators of immune cell metabolism and function.
Despite the well-documented importance of immune infiltration in ovarian tumors to patient outcome, responses to immunotherapy have been disappointing in patients with ovarian cancer even while this therapy continues to deliver unprecedented success in many cancer types. New approaches are critically needed to improve therapeutic responses; otherwise, the promise of immunotherapy may continue to fall short for patients with ovarian cancer. Dr. Curtis' long-term goal is to identify metabolic drivers of immune cell function in the tumor microenvironment and exploit them to improve immunotherapy response.
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